5 Forgotten Facts About Jax

April 6, 2015 11 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Some say we forget over time because new experiences overwrite connections to old memories. However, those old memories remain buried down in there. Here's 5 forgotten interesting facts from Jacksonville's past.

St Johns Cathedral pre-dates the downtown street grid

According to Dr. Wayne Wood's Jacksonville's Architectural Heritage, in 1842, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral was given property at the crest of "Billy Goat Hill," the highest point in the original city. This property was originally on the outskirts of town at the head of Market Street. As the town expanded and the residential area grew up around the church, special permission from the City Council had to be granted for the church property to remain in the centerline of the street, leaving a permanent quirk in the map of the city's grid system.

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