Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Sunday, August 12, 2018
|1894 Sketch of Shell Mounds (Partial) - Courtesy of the former Volusia Museum - February 2001 - Beth Vining|
|Temple Mound at Crystal River, Fl Photo supplied by the University of South Florida|
From "Certain Sand Mounds of the St. Johns River, Florida" by Clarence B. Moore, May 22, 1894 and Published for the Harvard College Library.
" It is probable that certain mounds were used as look-out stations, and possibly all in later times served for domiciliary purposes. The great mound at Tick Island, has an altitude of over 17ft, while the famous Mt. Royal, with a circumference of 555 ft, is in area approached by no mound on the St. Johns river.
Above images and text sourced from St. John's River Historical Society. Link here.
Before the Timucuan peoples settled in northeastern Florida, the St. Johns River flowed north from deep inside the region to the Atlantic Ocean. Shortly after Florida became part of the United States, a handful of men laid out Jacksonville to be on the river. The river meant transportation: carrying goods and passengers upstream into the state, and downstream for coastal trading and across the sea and facilitated commerce, enhanced security, and provided food and recreation for tourists.
Source: St. John's River Keeper
|Begins10 miles southwest of Melbourne, Florida. Swampy area known as Lake Hell 'n Blazes.|
|Map of the lower St. Johns printed in 1876|
|Florida platform (outer boundary) as it appeared the first time humans inhabited the peninsula|
|The hydrologic cycle in Florida, showing the Floridan aquifer and formation of springs and sinkholes.|
|An extremely rare Timucua owl totem, found buried in muck near Hontoon Island, |
on display at Fort Caroline National Memorial
-Longest river in Florida, 310 miles long. Largest point 3 miles wide. Flows through 12 counties.
-Three river basins and two watersheds.
-Used to transport freight - due to size.
-Flows north. Unusual. Fewer than 30 rivers in US flow north. Slight slope in river where meets Atlantic. Causes a lazy river.
-Slowest river in the world.
-Begins as a network of marshes - predominately fresh water. Becomes brackish near Jax where sea water is pushed into river.
-Linked to 14 lakes and numerous Florida springs.
Source Castaways on the River
|Map of St. Johns River Florida South of Palatka 1876|
|On the St. John's River, Florida 1848|
Seth Eastman, American, 1808-1875
Source: Art Net
|Old City Map, Jacksonville, St. John's River Florida 1791|
|St. Johns' River, Florida|
1881, Etching on Paper
Hudson River School
Source Gilcrease Museum
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Saturday, August 4, 2018
|This piece of silk was dyed by Sir William Henry Perkin in 1860 |
and presented to William John Matheson on October 8, 1906.
Source is Smithsonian. Souvenirs of Science.