The Three Servicemen Statue South
In July of 2008 Apalachicola unveiled this stunning statue at the newly dedicated Veteran's Memorial Plaza. The park and the statue came to Apalachicola by way of native son, Jimmy Mosconis, a decorated Viet Nam veteran. The statue is cast from the same molds used to craft the Three Servicemen Statue at the Viet Nam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, DC. The installation of the statue marks the first installation of public fine art for our city, and it has set the bar extremely high. The city of Apalachicola and it's citizen's are proud and honored to be the home of this poignant and very beautiful tribute to those who served our country. For more history and information:www.threeservicemenstatuesouth.org.
Apalachicola, Florida History
Apalachicola, the county seat of Franklin County, has a rich history, whose lasting appeal is as important to our visitors as is its seafood industry. Today’s visitor will find Apalachicola far removed from the summer of its youth more than 100 years ago when its harbor was a forest of masts and spars, and major European powers maintained consulates here. The first settlement was established in 1821, incorporated in 1828 as West Point, and renamed Apalachicola in 1831. The Cape St. George Lighthouse on Little St. George Island, built in 1833, stands today as a weathered reminder of days gone by. By 1837, Apalachicola had become the 3rd largest port on the Gulf of Mexico, shipping cotton brought down the Apalachicola River on steamboats from the plantations of Alabama and Georgia.
It was cotton that took a fancy to Apalachicola, and for a glorious, though fleeting period, paved the streets with gold. The City featured a race track, an opera house, and plush hotels offering balls, socials, and gambling. Cotton was king and the river brought it all to Apalachico1a. It was during the height of this great prosperity, that Dr. John Gorrie invented the artificial manufacture of ice, forerunner of modern air conditioning and refrigeration. At the same time, Dr. Alvin Chapman, world-famous botanist and author of “The Flora of the Southern United States”, resided in Apalachicola.
During the war between the States, Apalachicola was blockaded by Union forces, in an attempt to halt ships carrying needed supplies to the Confederacy, and to destroy salt producing installations. Apalachicola’s sentiments were divided during the war, and in 1862, the city quietly fell to Union forces. For more information about Apalachicola during the Civil War, click here.
The destruction of railroads during the Civil War, and the cypress milling boom in the 1880’s were enough to keep the steamboats on the river up through the 1920’s and the town’s economy flourished. After the halcyon days of the cypress boom, the 1840 cotton port of Apalachicola became a center of the oyster industry in Florida. Today, Apalachicola headquarters a United Nations Biosphere Reserve and National Estuarine Sanctuary of 193,118 acres, and tourism and seafood form the basis of the economy. For more information on railroads & the seafood industry in Apalachicola, click here.
In 1947 Bing Crosby put Apalachicola on the map with the song "APALACHICOLA, F-L-A". For the story behind the creation of the song click here.