Carrabelle Travel Guide

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Carrabelle is a town of about 2800 (up 116% since 2000) located along U.S. Highway 98 in Franklin County in Northern Florida on the Gulf Mexico. Much of the population increase is due to the prison, which is also why the town has a largely male population. In 1528, Spanish explorer Panfilo de Narvaez came through the area en route from Tampa Bay to the Rio Grande. In the late 1700 and early 1800s Carrabelle, Dog Island and St George Island were used as staging areas for raids. Carrabelle was founded in 1877 by Oliver Hudson Kelly who named the town "Rio Carrabella". In 1891 the Carrabelle, Tallahassee, and Georgia Railroad connected Carrabelle through Tallahassee to the Florida-Georgia Railroad. The town was almost totally wiped off the earth by a hurricane in 1899. In 1942 Camp Gordon Johnston was established so soldiers could train beach landings on nearby beaches as prep for the D Day Landing. Today, as in years past, fishing and shrimping are important mainstays to the local economy. Notable people with ties to Carrabelle are Richard W. Ervin, Jr. former Florida Attorney General and chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court; and John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil a prominent player and coach from the Negro Baseball League.

Carrabelle has a few interesting historical buildings, the world's smallest police station and a couple of nice museums. Friendly people too.