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Lynn Haven

Bay County

Year Founded: 1913

History

W.H. Lynn, a former New Yorker and publisher in Washington, D.C., came to the area around 1910 at the instigation of R.L. McKenzie. Lynn returned north for the purpose of interesting General McArcy, then commander of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) that was the veterans’ organization of former Union soldiers, in bringing veterans to the community. General McArcy induced a large number of GAR men to locate in the area. What is perhaps the only monument in the South to the memory of Union soldiers is located in Lynn Haven. The “Haven” was added to the name of Lynn to indicate that this was to be a place of rest and security.

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