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Arcadia, Florida

Posted by graywacke on August 10, 2015

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-three-or-four days blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Landing number 2203; A Landing A Day blog post number 631.

Dan:  Three USers in a row (and 4/5), my Score below 150, all thanks to landing once again in . . . FL; 34/47; 5/10; 3; 149.7.  I say “once again,” because this is my third Florida landing out of the last twelve.

My regional landing map:

 landing 1

My local landing map shows why I’m featuring Arcadia:

 landing 2

The Peace River (first hit ever!) is just west of my landing.  The Peace discharges directly to the Gulf of Mexico:

 landing 3

Here’s what Wiki has to say about the name of the river:

The river was called Rio de la Paz (River of Peace) on 16th century Spanish charts.  Later, the Seminole Indians call it Talakchopcohatchee, River of Long Peas (for the wild pea plants that grow along the river).

While it’s fun to think that “peas” evolved to “peace,” it looks like “peace” came first . . .

Here’s my Google Earth (GE) spaceflight in to the peaceful Peace River valley:



By the way, the Peace River is known as a great place to look for fossil shark teeth.  It’s a little bit of work, as you need to gather up stream-bed sediments and put them through a screen.  You can actually pay to join a fossil-hunting group, like FossilExpeditions.com.  Their header says “Guided Florida Fossil Trips – Disney It Ain’t!”  Here’s a picture from their site of a Peace River shark’s tooth:


And here’s how to go about it:


I found a couple of GE Street View landing shots to share.  First this one:

 SV landing map

And here’s what the orange dude sees:

 SV landing

And then this one, showing the deadend street you’d go down if you were visiting my landing location:

 SV landing map 2

Here ‘tis:

 SV landing 2

Try as I might, finding a good Arcadia hook has proved futile.  One thing that immediately caught my eye (especially considering the focus in my most recent post on the cool architecture along Courthouse Square in Canton, Mississippi) is the cool old-school architecture present in downtown Arcadia (very atypical for Florida towns).

I’ll start with this shot I lifted from my Canton post (Pano shot by Ben Tate):

 pano ben tate 2

And now, this Pano shot by NKPhotos of downtown Arcadia:

 pano nkphotos

Looks like Canton and Arcadia should be Sister Cities!  And check out this 1926 Aracadia building (Pano shot by Asitrac):

 pano asitrac

Speaking of old buildings, here’s an even older (turn of the century) frame building in Arcadia (Pano shot by Sam Feltus):

 pano sam feltus

T.A. Cassel’s Famous Indian Remedy for Indigestion, eh?  Probably had a high alcohol content that made the sufferer feel better . . .

Here’s what Wiki has to say about the town’s name:

The Rev. James Madison (“Boss”) Hendry (1839–1922) named the town in honor of Arcadia Albritton (1861–1932), a daughter of pioneer settlers. Arcadia had baked him a cake for his birthday and he appreciated it so much that he named the city after her.

“Arcadia” is a region in Greece.  From Wiki, a map:


And continuing with some Wiki words:

Arcadia is one of the regional units of Greece.   It takes its name from the mythological character Arcas and was the home of the god Pan. In European Renaissance arts, Arcadia was celebrated as an unspoiled, harmonious wilderness.

Gratuitously, here’s a Wiki shot of an Arcadian town, Leonidio, tucked in the valley:


Looks like the American West, eh?  Well, not really.  Here’s another view of the same town from a different angle (from Summer-Greece.com):


VisitFlorida.com has this to say about Arcadia (Florida, not Greece):

Howdy, partner. A secret to most, Florida has a rich history of cattle-raising, which means it also had – and continues to have – a large contingent of cowboys, known locally as Florida Crackers (for the sound made by their whips). Arcadia sits in the middle of Florida cowboy country and it is a place where the Old West meets the Old South.  Arcadia hosts three rodeos, the largest of which is the “Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo.”

Now wait a second.  As you may remember, I discussed the whole “Florida Cracker” concept in my fairly recent Bronson FL post, and I found nothing about the sound made by whips.  Here’s a Wiki quote from that post:

By the 1760s the English, both at home and in the American colonies, applied the term “cracker” to Scots-Irish and English American settlers of the remote southern back country, as noted in a letter to the Earl of Dartmouth: “I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by Crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascals on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas, and Georgia.

Anyway, the famous cowboy artist Frederic Remington visited Arcadia.  From CowboysAndIndians.com:

By the time he arrived in Arcadia to sketch and write, Remington was already familiar with the Western breed. Cowboys to him, he reported in his article, were what gems and porcelain were to others. But the fringe characters he observed in that part of Florida were something altogether different, and his first vision of them was unforgettable: “Two very emaciated Texas ponies pattered down the street, bearing wild-looking individuals, whose hanging hair and drooping hats and generally bedraggled appearance would remind you at once of the Spanish-moss which hangs so quietly and helplessly to the limbs of the oaks out in the swamps.”

Here’s his most famous portrait of a Florida Cracker:



Anyway, I’ll close with a couple of Pano pictures of the Peace River in Arcadia.  First this, by JPK1977:

 pano jpk1977 peace river

I’ll close with sunset shot by nondaywalker:

 pano nondaywalker sunset over the peace r

That’ll do it . . .




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