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Florida CountiesIn 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today.In 1968, the electors of Florida granted local voters the power to adopt charters to govern their counties. Charters are formal written documents that confer powers, duties, or privileges on the county. To date, there are 19 charter Counties in Florida. Collectively these Counties are home to more than 75 percent of Florida's residents.
Gilchrist County, Florida
Gilchrist County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Albert W. Gilchrist, governor, 1909-1913.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Gilchrist County was established in 1925 and is the last county in Florida chartered by the state legislature.
The popular story of how Gilchrist County came into being concerns a bluff by citizens in the western part of
Alachua County. The citizens there in what was called "The West End" wanted a road from the Suwannee River at
Fannin(g) to Gainesville, the county seat of Alachua County. When the County Commission refused to build the road,
the citizens in the western part drew up plans for a new county and presented it to the Alachua County Commission.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 355 square miles (921 kmē), of which, 349
square miles (904 kmē) of it is land and 7 square miles (17 kmē) of it (1.85%) is water.
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"