Ten fun facts about Jacksonville
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The world’s first skyscraper technology-based building named Dyal Upchurch building stands in downtown Jacksonville and is all of 6-storeys high. It was designed in 1901 by Henry Klutho a very passionate architect of the time.
John Grisham’s best-selling novel “Bretheren” features Pete’s Bar which is located in Neptune Beach and he took extensive notes whilst at this simple tavern and no-frills pool hall.
Arlington’s Kona Skatepark is Americas’ oldest private skate park and is still open to the public.
The very first indoor concert that Elvis Presley played in took place in 1957 at the Florida theatre.Fact 5
The Northside’s development facility for the Bacardi-Martini product creates delicious libations. The lab here is the origin-point of martini’s that are savored across the globe.Fact 6
The state’s annual Mug Race sailing Regatta which is the longest river sail-boat race in the world has Jacksonville as its finishing line. The race runs 38 miles on the St. John’s River.Fact 7
Jacksonville was the country’s film capital from 1910-1920 and was considered to be an alternative “Hollywood”Fact 8
At water-jets reaching 120 feet, the Friendship Fountain was in 1965, the world’s tallest one and it shoots 17,000 gallons of water through 63 jet nozzles.Fact 9
The father of the modern shoe, Joseph La Rose ran a shop here for close to 5 decades.Fact 10
The oldest cultural organization in Florida. Friday Musicale was founded in 1890 and is located in Riverside. Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, one of America’s well-acclaimed orchestra’s originated here. Go to more u.s. city facts ❯
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