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There are sixty-seven counties in the state of Florida. In 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. Its last county was created in 1925 with the formation of Gilchrist County from a segment of Alachua County.

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Putnam County, Florida

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Putnam County is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 74,364. Putnam County was created on January 13, 1849 from Alachua County, and Saint Johns County. The county seat is Palatka.  This county is named for Benjamin A. Putnam (1801-1869), soldier during the Second Seminole War and Floridian legislator.

Putnam County comprises the Palatka, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Jacksonville-St. Marys-Palatka, FL-GA Combined Statistical Area. The county is centrally located between Jacksonville, Gainesville, St. Augustine, and Daytona Beach.

Etymology - Origin of Putnam County Name

Putnam county is named for Benjamin A. Putnam, officer in Seminole War and unsuccessful candidate, US House of Representatives, 1815.


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Putnam County History

Putnam County was created in 1849. The county was Florida's 28th county created from parts of St. Johns, Alachua, Orange, Duval, and Marion counties. Putnam county is named for Benjamin A. Putnam, who was a soldier in the First Seminole War, a lawyer, Florida legislator, and the first president of the Florida Historic Society. Putnam died in the county seat of Palatka in 1869.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 827 square miles (2,142 km2), of which, 722 square miles (1,870 km2) of it is land and 105 square miles (273 km2) of it (12.73%) is water.

Putnam county is located close to the center of Florida. The county contains many sinkhole lakes such as Lake Barco where unconsolidated deposits on the surface have dropped into the highly soluble limestone of the upper Floridian aquifer. Part of Ocala National Forest is located in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: St. Johns County
  • Southeast: Flagler County; Volusia County
  • Southwest: Marion County
  • West: Alachua County
  • Northwest: Bradford County; Clay County


The main campus of St. Johns River State College is located in Palatka (the county seat). First Coast Technical College is public, post secondary vocational school with a campus in Palatka.

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