5 Forgotten Facts About Jax

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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.

The zoo was originally downtown

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With no admittance fee, Jacksonville’s zoo instantly became a popular destination after its establishment in Springfield Park in 1914. Eventually, monkeys were donated to the zoo and placed on an island in the middle of Springfield Park Lake, that became known as "Monkey Island". By 1924, nearby Springfield residents began to protest against foul odors coming from the zoo. This set the stage for the zoo's ultimate relocation to the Trout River site in 1925.

Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com

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