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Gulf County

Year Founded: 1959


Dr. William C. Mitchell and others established Wewahitchka in 1875. The first permanent settlement in Gulf County, Wewahitchka is an Indian name that means “water eyes” and was chosen because two oblong lakes along the town’s edge form a perfect pair of eyes. A pronounced ridge, a few feet wide, separates them and corresponds to the bridge of the nose. An aviator can easily distinguish this formation from aloft. Other interpretations of the name point to “water view” or “place where water is obtained.” The city became known for the excellent fishing and hunting in Dead Lakes and nearby forests. In the earlier years, the economy of Wewahitchka was based on agriculture and timber. Local residents also produced citrus products, honey and livestock.

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