The Extraordinary History of the Coquina Gates AreaJuly 7, 2014 10 comments Print Article
Small, mythical and mystical, the tiny neighborhood was founded by a rugged adventurer and Amazonian Explorer named James Irvin Russell who got his start constructing sets for Vaudeville and ended up looking for the source of the Amazon. Join us after the jump for more details of one of Jacksonville's more interesting places.
the entrance to Coquina Gates
the residential village entrance sign is way more expressive
panorama of the circle crossroads
panorama of the residential street into narnia
pretty awesome biography of the village founder, James Irvin Russell, Narnia Resident, Adventurer, and Explorer.
Russell, sitting outside his home in Narnia
Russell and the unassuming boat in which he did his river exploring.
Russell at home in his eclectic living room in a vintage 1970s era photo.
An article about Coquina Gates by Cynthia Parks (page one)
An article about Coquina Gates by Cynthia Parks (page two)
Interesting article about Russell when one of his associates and her daughter were in a plane crash in Peru.
One of Russell's original drawings of an Olmec head, that has been transferred to tile work outside a home in Narnia
Vintage Photo of a Russel interior
Vintage Photo of a Russel exterior
One of the Coquina Gates after which Narnia gets its name.
the second of the Coquina Gates after which Narnia gets its name.
for more photos and background on James Irvin Russell, check out the neighborhood Facebook page:
research and text by stephen dare
photos by gage preston