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Considering a trip to Florida, but you've already seen the amusement parks? What else is there you ask? Why not discover a natural part of Florida that's overrun with sea oats and palm trees, not traffic and noise; a part of Florida where the only lines are the ones your toes make as you run them through the white sands of the Atlantic Ocean; a part of Florida where real adventure takes place outdoors and off the beaten path. Discover a part of the real Florida that is Jacksonville and the Beaches on Florida's First Coast.
Jacksonville is located in Duval County, Florida and has the greatest amount of land area of any city in the US-874 square miles-, with over 1 million residents. Jacksonville is named after Florida's first governor and former U.S. President, Andrew Jackson.
Jacksonville found itself devistated by the Civil War. During reconstruction, Jacksonville and St. Augustine became famous reseorts for the rich, who came from the North by boat and train-when the railroad was built.
In the late 1880’s yellow fever hit Jacksonville, killing many of the citizens. Then in 1901, a fire destroyed city blocks, leaving over 100,000 residents without homes. This was known as The Great Fire of 1901.
A New York architect helped plan and rebuild the city, which for a while became a Winter Film Capitol.
Today Jacksonville is home to the Naval Air Station, the Blue Angels and the third largest Naval station in the US.
In 2005, Jacksonville hosted the Super Bowl.
Jacksonville is home to the Cummer Museum of Art, the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Science and History.
Jacksonville hosts PGA golf tournaments and is home to some of Florida's most gorgeous beaches.
There is quite a lot to do in Jacksonville and many people are discovering what a good place it is to live in and raise a family.
Discover a part of the real Florida that is Jacksonville and the Beaches on Florida's First Coast.