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ALLIGATOR, Crescent Lake, Crescent City, Putnam County, FL
Crescent Lake, Crescent City vicinity, FL
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER FL-23
Building/structure dates: 1888 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1909 demolished
Building/structure dates: 1889 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1893 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1906 subsequent work
Significance: The vessel was an inboard paddle-wheel steamboat, a form nearly unique to the narrow, winding Ocklawaha River in Florida. There were never many such vessels, but for a half-century after the Civil War, they played a vital role in commerce and settlement of interior north-central Florida (the Ocklawaha watershed). Before good roads and the coming of the railroad to the region, they were a primary means of travel and freight transportation into and out of the area. In the late 1800s, they played an important role in the development of wintertime tourism in Florida, providing overnight passage on the “weird and beautiful” Ocklawaha to Silver Springs. In effect, they were the state’s first major tourist attraction. ALLIGATOR was typical of the Ocklawaha steamboats, but she also played a unique and historically significant role in being the boat Clarence B. Moore chartered between 1891-95 during his archaeological explorations on the St. Johns and Ocklawaha rivers.
Howard, Capt. C. W.
Moore, Clarence B.
Hart, H. L.
Wade, Charles B.
Lucas, Joseph Edward
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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