Jacksonville FL History

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15336.43      Robert 7 BIGELOW, was the son of  Benjamin 6 ( Paul 5 , Cornelius 4, Samuel 3, Samuel 2, John 1) and Eunice (AIKEN) BIGELOW, was born 17 October 1797 at Norfolk, Litchfield, CT.
There is an interesting oral history about Jacksonville that mentions the Bigelow Plantation:
There is more history of Jacksonville including cemeteries and houses including Robert Bigelow at:
jackvil2.htm ; jackvil3.htm; jackvil4.htm; jackvil5.htm; jackvil6.htm; jackvil7.htm; jackvil8.htm ; jackvil9.htm ; jackvi10.htm

Charles Judson Residence, 1306 Oak Haven Road, 1910.

Jacksonville Renaissance (1901-1920)

     A great fire consumed downtown Jacksonville May 3, 1901, destroying the central commercial district and surrounding residential neighborhoods. Rebirth of the commercial core began only days after the fire as local businessmen erected tents from which to sell their wares. Sensing opportunity, architects and builders from the north flocked to the city. bringing plans for new fireproof buildings constructed of steel or reinforced concrete structural systems. They also brought stylistic preferences, which led to the construction of traditional Colonial, Classical and Gothic revivals interspersed among the bold new designs of the Prairie and Chicago schools. It is during this period that the idea of developing a "Jacksonville Skyline," with distinctive high-rise buildings, began to take shape.
     The fire and the rebuilding of downtown Jacksonville did not materially affect Arlington, where continuing settlement proceeded slowly. Residents along the river's east bank enjoyed a wonderful view of the unfolding Jacksonville skyline, however. In 1910 Charles Judson erected a handsome two-story, Neoclassical residence at 1306 Oak Haven Road, facing the water. Judson's house featured a two-story, tiered porch with square Doric columns supporting the upper portion. While the porch's lower story is open, the upper story is an enclosed "sleeping porch," a feature common in the South. Judson, who owned a hardware business in Grand Rapids, Michigan, brought his family south each year to spend the winter months in Jacksonville. The family owned the property until the end of World War II.
     Several residences were constructed along Harris Avenue about 1910-11. Tom and Gussie Atkins built a house at 5834 Harris Avenue and James Legree the house at 5824 Harris Avenue. The spacious oak trees that presently line the street were apparently planted at that time. Legree's residence became known among his descendants as "Victoria" for its resemblance to the popular styles of that era.
     Organization of the Alderman Realty Company in 1912 soon resulted in the intensive settlement of what became known in succeeding decades as the heart of Arlington, the blocks to the west and east of the intersection of Chaseville Road (now known as University Boulevard) and Arlington Road. The firm, founded by Frederick W. Bruce, a local resident, and H.L. Sprinkle, purchased 1,100 acres of land that was part of the original Richard Mill Grant north of Strawberry Creek. The firm subdivided the tract into blocks and lots for development. To facilitate access to Jacksonville, the company organized a ferry service that ran from the foot of St. Johns Street (now Arlington Road) to a landing at the foot of Beaver Street in what was then known as the Fairfield section. Two ferry boats, which held eight automobiles each, operated on a fifteen-minute schedule.

Frederick W. Bruce House, 1209 River Bluff Road, 1912.

Frederick W. Bruce.

Harbor Point
     A two-story Gothic Revival house at 1100 Campbell Avenue, constructed at the turn-of-the-century, offers a late version of the Gothic Revival style. In 1899 William H. Campbell of Detroit, Michigan, purchased twelve acres on the Arlington River, then known as Pottsburg Creek, for his residence. A local carpenter, Chip Halliday, supervised construction of the building, probably from plans in a pattern book. The lumber came from nearby mills. The millwork was shipped from Philadelphia via a Clyde Line steamer.

This ends this report on Arlington area of Jacksonville Florida.........
 More info on arling1.htm ...............

Modified - 01/19/2003
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