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Sopchoppy

Wakulla County

Year Founded: 1955

History

Established in 1853, the city’s name is a Creek Indian name meaning “dark or black water.” Another interpretation says the name comes from the Creek words “sokhe” (twisted) and “chapke” (long). The name is derived from the dark waters of the Sopchoppy River that flow in a twisting pattern through the town. In 1893, the Georgia, Florida and Alabama railroad built a spur line through Sopchoppy. The locals seemed to relocate closer into town. At that time, Sopchoppy had an opera house, hotels, a drug store, a bank and a newspaper. At the end of World War II, the railroad became obsolete.

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