Roads and Cars

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"I don’t know much about history, and I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world. History is more or less bunk. It is a tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we make today.”~Henry Ford

In 1908 Henry Ford introduced his low-priced, highly efficient Model T. (Note: Its widespread popularity created pressure for the federal government to become more directly involved in road development.)

CRESTVIEW - Sept. 16 - A petition is being circulated urging the county fathers to have the Cox bridge on Shoal River repaired, as it is considered by some to be unsafe, also to have the swamp bridged. This is on the public road leading to the bay country and is vitally important to the businessmen of Crestview. (The Pensacola Journal, September 17, 1908)

McCaskill Motor Car Company
R. E. L. McCaskill, President K. E. McCaskill Sales Agent
Agents for Halladay Motor Car of Streator, Illinois
30 to 50 Horsepower 7 different models
$1,125 to $2,750 can make terms DeFuniak Springs, FL Pensacola, FL (The Breeze Advertisement 10/01/1910)

“Said to be a reliable automobile because it finished a 250 mile endurance race at Atlanta in 1910. It was chosen to be the press car for the 1911 Glidden Tour. About 300 Halladay automobiles were made by The Streator Motor Car Co. from 1905 to 1912”. (american-automobiles.com)

Halladay-1910

Boggy:
The Woodmen of the World (W.O.W.) Picnic. Big Dinner, Some Speaking and Dancing. We “Give You” the Boggy Road.
    "The annual picnic of the Woodmen of the World was held at Boggy, (Niceville) last Saturday, and the little town was filled to the muzzle with people from every section of the county, making the trip in every conveyance from log carts to automobiles, launches and steamboats. The people amused themselves in fishing, bathing, boating and talking politics until 1 o’clock P.M., when the finest dinner we ever saw, and the most of it, was spread on some long tables under the magnificent oak trees in front of Mr. Edge’s store and everybody urged to come up and fill up.
    The crowd needed precious little persuasion, for everybody was hungry, and the way grub disappeared from those tables was something amazing. Notwithstanding the hearty appetites that were everywhere in evidence, there was plenty of good old fodder left to have fed two more crowds the size of the one that was present. The good ladies of Niceville surely know how to build a dinner fit for the gods.
    After dinner, there being quite a number of candidates present, all who desired to do so were given an opportunity to address the people. After about an hour of this sort of thing the platform was cleared, the fiddlers got busy and the young people spent the remainder of the afternoon in dancing.
    It was a jolly fine picnic and it was with a feeling of genuine reluctance that the crowd commenced to disperse late in the afternoon and some of them to start for their homes in distant parts of the county.
Messrs. J. D. Sellars, Ben Infinger, Rev. S. J. Catts and the HERALD man made the trip in Mr. Sellars’ automobile and succeeded in negotiating the road from DeFuniak to Niceville in fine style, but the devil owed us a debt and paid us off in luck coming back. We had scarcely made half a mile on the return trip when the splendid little Ford car commenced to show signs of distress. Her breath came in quick, short gasps, she quivered from stem to stern and seemed to be suffering acutely in the region between the vox populi (public opinion) and the geranium. After coming over the first bad hill the little car got rapidly worse; her pulse became quick and feverish; her parallax became twisted around her equator; her radiator was found to be impinging on her doxology; she made a few unsteady plunges forward, gasped, shivered, and finally came to a dead stop on the side of a hill where the sand was 85 feet deep and as dry as ashes.
    By dint of coaxing, threats and prayer the car was brought to a point about five miles this side of Boggy, where we roosted in the woods until John Adams and Thad Bell, who had been doing all they could to help us, could make the run with their car to DeFuniak -forty miles away- and get back to us. Think of it! There we were, in what is probably the most desolate region in Florida, without any water, either for ourselves or the car, and there we were going to have to stay for goodness only knew how long! Finally, away in the night, Brother Catts declared that he could hear frogs somewhere to the west of us. Ben Infinger and the HERALD man then took the water jugs and marched off through the scrub oaks and rattlesnakes looking for the frogs - and water. Near Pensacola we found a small branch, filled ourselves and the jug and pulled back to the car. Bro. Catts and Mr. Sellars killed about half the water in the jug, poured the remainder into the radiator and the little machine made another mile and there we stuck till 3 o’clock Sunday morning.
     About might night a car passed us headed south and one of the occupants called out to know if we were broke down. Nothing but the presence of a minister saved that man from an instant and terrible death. Just as if anything but a breakdown would cause four able-bodies men to be roosting in such a place at that hour of the night. Bro. Catts, who conscience was probably easier than that of any of the others, managed to sleep a little, but the rest of us toughed it out till three o’clock Sunday morning, when a car from DeFuniak, containing John Adams, Thad Bell, Henry Stubbs and Lewis Fralick rolled up, bringing to us poor marooned outcasts a box of sandwiches and a big can of ice water Gee, but that water was good!
    And those fellows in the car struck us as being the best looking men we had ever seen. Even John Adams, who had always looked to us more like a circus tent than anything else, appeared to us just at that time as being the most beautiful man that ever happened.Well, we had a reunion. We ate, drank and made merry and then we drank some more of that good cold water. Then we laughed, slapped each other on the back, forgave every man that we owed money to and felt as happy as a bunch of two year-olds in a clover field. John then towed our car to Mossy Head where Mr. Smith, the turpentine man, took us in his car and brought us home, arriving in DeFuniak Sunday morning at eight o’clock.
    Yes, Niceville is all right and we enjoyed the picnic hugely. We expect to go again next year, but - We “give you” the Boggy road". (DeFuniak Herald 06/04/1914)

Land was donated by the Howell’s and the Nathey’s to improve Niceville roads: We, Aaron A. and Sara Howell husband and wife do grant and convey unto Walton County, Florida, forever, for use as a public road a right of way thirty-three feet wide through and in such location the County Commissioners may determine, the following described land, to-wit: Lots 2 and 3 in the NW¼ of Section 12 T1S Range 23W along the line surveyed by C. D. Meigs copy of which is on file with the Clerk of said County and State, being in said County and State. And do authorize said County to use such sand and clay from any adjacent lands which we may own or control that may be necessary, or convenient, for use in constructing and maintaining the road. We, William J. and Mary Jane Nathey, husband and wife, do grant, and convey unto Walton County, Florida, forever, for use as a public road a right of way Thirty-three feet wide through and in such location as the County Commissioners may determine, the following described land, to-wit: SW¼ of the NE¼ Section 1 T1S R23W along the line surveyed by C. D. Meigs a copy of which is on file with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of said County and State being in said County and State, and do authorize said County to use such sand and clay from any adjacent lands which we may own or control that may be necessary, or convenient, for use in constructing and maintaining the road. (Walton County Deed 04/13/1915)

Federal-Aid road Act of 1916: With rural interests adding to the battle cry of "Get the farmers out of the mud!" Congress passed the Federal-Aid Road Act of 1916. It created the Federal-Aid Highway Program under which funds were made available on a continuous basis to state highway agencies to assist in road improvements. But before the program could get off the ground, the United States entered World War I.

Garniers:
Capt. W. R. Blount and Mr. David M. Wittwell, of Pensacola, spent last Thursday night at the Forest Ranger Station “Camp Pinchot,” Garniers. They came through by automobiles from Pensacola.”

“R. J. Henderson and Clyde Webb of Crestview were visitors at Garniers Friday. They also went to Camp Walton to see the country and get used to the roads in this part of the county.”

Proceedings of the County Commissioners: New Road Machine Bought—New Voting Precinct Created—Many Bills Traced Down.
"Mr. Givens had D. J. Lott appointed as road overseer for the northwestern portion of his district, and Frank Burke for the southwestern portion.
A short public road was granted on the east side of the river in Mr. Givens’s district.
A number of road matters in the southern part of the county were laid over on account of the absence of Mr. Edge.
Mr. Rozier was instructed to purchase a first class road machine for the use of the county.
A new precinct was granted in the northwestern portion county to be known as Red Oak. Its number is 18.
Ordered that all persons operating log teams or lumber wagons over the public roads in the county were notified to keep the roads in as good condition as they were when they began operations.
The Clerk was ordered to purchase all necessary ballot boxes for the holding of elections in the several precincts of the county."

Florida Road Tax Upheld: Washington, Feb. 21, 1916—The supreme court today upheld the constitutionality of the Florida road tax law, making it a criminal offense to refuse to work on the roads. The case decided was brought by Jake Butler, convicted in Columbia County. Butler contended the law imposed involuntary servitude.

To Work Turkey Creek Hill: A letter from Hon. W. H. Spivey at Camp Walton, informs us that a large number of citizens from Camp Walton, Mary Esther, and Wright will meet at the Post Oak Ford on Turkey Creek next Monday morning with teams, plows and scrapes for the purpose of pulling down and hard-surfacing the bad hill at that place. They have requested all citizens at Crestview, who feel interested to meet with them at the proposed working place for the purpose of helping do the work. They say that if the Board of Commissioners do not feel inclined to help them in securing a decent road from Crestview to Camp Walton, that they will, with the help and co-operation of the citizens at Crestview, manage some way to get the road in a passable condition. The editor stands ready to do his full share in helping this project through. What will the balance of Crestview citizens do? We heard the list by subscribing $2.50, and the money is ready at any minute.The citizens of Crestview can, and ought to raise at least $50.00 to help fix this bill. Will they do it?” (Okaloosa News 02/18/1916)

Good Roads Meet Held At Crestview Enthusiastic Gathering of Citizens Hear Address by W. M. Herrider of Pensacola: “The following is taken from Saturday’s Pensacola Journal and tells of the good roads meeting which was held in The News office at Crestview, Thursday night of last week. Crestview, Feb. 18, 1916—W. M. Herrider, Secretary of the West Florida Highway Association, was here from Pensacola and made a most interesting talk last night to an enthusiastic crowd of Crestview progressive citizens on the importance of good roads.
    Mr. Herrider laid special stress on the importance of completing the “Old Spanish Trail” through Okaloosa County. He said in part that Okaloosa, the baby county of the state, was to be congratulated on the fact that she now has completed and ready for use thirteen miles of as good hard surfaced roads as are to be found anywhere in West Florida, there remaining only eleven miles more of road to be built in this county before the “Old Spanish Trail” highway will be completed through the county, which is far ahead of any other county in West Florida, save it be Walton. When Mr. Herrider was through speaking the editor of the Okaloosa News made a short talk, wherein he stated “he felt sure that the remaining eleven miles of unfinished road would be finished by the latter part of the ensuing summer.” (The Pensacola Journal)

Okaloosa County Commissioners Meeting March 14, 1916: “Mr. Baggett offered the following resolution: Whereas we realize the need of better roads and highways in Okaloosa County, Fla. and whereas we believe an InterState or Fla. Ala. & Gulf Highway can be built from Troy, Ala. via Andalusia to state line of Fla. 6 miles north of Blackman, Fla. By Ala. Commissioners in Covington County, as it is already completed 11 miles south of Andalusia - Therefore, be it hereby resolved and ordered:
     That we the Board of County Commissioners for Okaloosa County Fla. begin at State line of Ala. and Fla. where the present public road from Blackman to Andalusia crosses said line at center line of Section 26 T6N R24W and lay out a highway to be known as Fla. Ala. and Gulf Highway via Blackman, Baker, Milligan and on to Camp Walton over the most direct and practicable route.
     That a Committee of R. A. Rozier, B. P. Edge and J. H. Givens shall survey and mark out the route at once with as little expense as possible.
     That an Eastern division of same shall be extended north and east from wherever the junction may be established via Crestview, Garden City, Laurel Hill and to county line near Svea. That we ask the County Commissioners of Covington County to make the necessary extensions and connections to us.
     That there shall be a Southeastern Division leaving the main line south of Shoal River leading direct to Niceville, Fla.
     That we designate from Niceville via Camp Walton to Garniers and Deerland via Crestview, Milligan, Galliver to Holt and Milligan via Oak Grove to Newell and Laurel Hill via Blackman to county line near Otahite as important roads together with the above outlined highway roads and its divisions.
     That each Commissioner in his District where these roads and highways are shall instruct his overseers to do as much permanent work on same as possible, claying, grading, hardening, etc. provided no one shall spend more money than there is in the road fund at any one time as a bill against the county but may use private donations for which we ask the cooperation of all persons.
     In the passage of this resolution a roll call was ordered. Those voting yes were Messrs Givens, Rozier and Edge. Those voting no were Mr. Davis - Chairman not voting. Description and Boundaries of voting precincts for Okaloosa County were read, verified and ordered published according to law.”

Proceedings of County Commissioners, Regular Routine of Business Transacted,  New Roads Granted, Board met with all members present:
    “Quite a number of bills against the county were examined and ordered paid. The bonds of Allen J. King as justice of the peace, J. W. Martin as deputy sheriff and Jas. J. Ellis as notary public were approved.
Public road was ordered opened from Choctawhatchee Bay west to Santa Rosa County line just north and parallel with Santa Rosa sound. Public road was ordered opened from Coxes’ bridge to Camp Walton to be known as the Crestview and Camp Walton Road. A viewing committee was appointed to view and mark out a proposed road from Baker to Galliver. The tax collector was instructed to pay all moneys collected for special road and bridge district No. 1 over to the board of trustees. The sum of $2,000 was appropriated for each county commissioners’ district to be spent on roads and bridges.
    Contract with Walton Land and Timber for convicts was approved
    Committee was appointed to new proposed road from Holt to the Galliver Howell road near bridge on Yellow River.
    Col. W.W. Flournoy of DeFuniak, appeared before the board and made a very interesting talk on the subject of bonding Okaloosa County for sufficient money to build a court house and jail and a net of good roads throughout the county. However, the Board deferred taking any action on the matter at this time.” (Okaloosa News 04/21/1916)

Auto Line From Crestview to the Bay Country Will Make Round Trip Each Day From Crestview to Camp Walton. Fare $4.00 Round Trip:

Jitney
    “It was through a contract with the L&N Railroad Company to route passengers to our Gulf Coast via Crestview that Messrs. John Q. and Obie Adams of DeFuniak Springs, put on three autos Monday morning under a contract with the said L&N Railroad Company to make at least one round trip per day with a good five passenger auto from Crestview to Camp Walton.
    The contract between the two parties specifies that all passengers routed to Camp Walton over the L&N road are to be given immediate passage at a reasonable fare on good cars to be run on a regular schedule time.
    The car or cars, as necessity may make it, will leave Crestview at 9 o’clock a.m. sharp, and will return at 7 p.m. the same day. The fare will be $4.00.
This arrangement will make it possible for everybody wanting to visit any point in the Bay Country—let it be Camp Walton, Mary Esther, Harris or Niceville, to go and come with but very little inconvenience, for after they have once reached Camp Walton, they can take boats and go where they please up and down the Gulf front but with little expense.
    It is estimated by the L & N people that there will be at least two thousand people to pass over this route this summer, and of course this will mean a great deal for Crestview and our Gulf Coast section of Okaloosa County.” (Okaloosa News 05/05/1916)

Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company Puts Crestview On Map - Crestview Recognized as Tourist Town is Given Regular Tourist Rates From All Points East of Selma, South of Montgomery, West of River Junction:
    "Half fare - plus 25 cents - to Take Effect May 25th. “News was received here by wire this week from Mr. Pusey of the Passenger Department of the Louisville & Nashville railroad that Crestview has been given a special tourist rate from all points. The special rate is one fare plus .25 cents for the round trip to and from Crestview. This places Crestview in the same class as Pensacola, Panama City and other coast towns as to low rates for summer tourist. From Crestview the passengers can be hurried by fast automobiles to Niceville, Garniers, Camp Walton, Mary Esther and Harris, or any other point along the beautiful Gulf front south of this place. The special low rate will go into effect May the 25th, which will be in time to establish hundreds of more people to attend the big barbecue and auctioneering of lots at this place on May the 27th, and will be a great impetus for travel from all points via of Crestview to the several summer and winter resorts in the southern part of Okaloosa County.
    The granting of this special low rate by the L&N Railroad Company to Crestview was brought about largely through the special interest taken in the matter by Mr. W. J. Rice, manager of the Crestview Land Company. He has been for some time past urging upon the railroad people the necessity of such a rate in order that the southern sections of Okaloosa may be easily visited by tourist from other parts of the country. It is expected that the new rate will be the cause of several thousand people coming here during the summer. Once they are landed here they will be taken to any point desired by fast automobile lines which are being established here by competitive people.
    Already the daily line to and from Crestview from Camp Walton is doing a good business. Other lines and other cars will be put on as fast as the travel will justify. Watch Crestview grow! Watch Okaloosa resorts forge to the front! Then watch fertile lands in the Northern half of the county be converted into good farms. We welcome them all.” (Okaloosa News 05/19/1916)

The Road to Niceville Being Improved: “It was through the kindness of Hon. T. J. Finn, representative of Santa Rosa county, that the editor passed over the road from Crestview to Niceville last Wednesday and found much needed improvements made on that road by Hon. B. P. Edge, Commissioner from that district.
    Besides straightening the road in many places, Mr. Edge has had the bad hill coming out of Niceville clayed part of the way and strawed the balance of the way. Then he has clayed the Juniper Creek hill all the way up it. This was one of the worst sand hills in Okaloosa county. So all in all, this road is now an average good country road, and the automobile can pass over it with but very little trouble and no pushing at all.” (The Okaloosa News 06/23/1916)

Crestview Road Map

(October 2, 1916 The Okaloosa News W. H. Mapoles, The Editor and Owner)

Niceville:
“G. B. Anchors and W. Howell have received a new model Ford this making six cars here. Hurrah for our City and the fast running Fords.” (Okaloosa News 11/03/1916)

Niceville:
"Rev. Brown of Freeport, came up from Niceville, on the daily car Monday evening, on his way back to Freeport, where he filled his regular appointment at that place. While here he stated that Niceville was soon to erect a new Methodist Church, hurrah! for the smart and industrious people of that place.

Mr. E. V. Terry of Holt, spent Sunday here with friends. Miss Lena White of White Pine, Tenn., is visiting her niece here, Mrs. Geo. Allen. Mr. and Mrs. White motored here Sunday and spent the day with Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Allen. Mr. and Mrs. Fred McGriff made a business trip to Mariana this week.(Okaloosa News 11/10/1916)

Petition for Public Road: "Board met pursuant to adjournments with all members present - Ordered that petition for Public Road from Hard road near Cox Bridge by Niceville, Garniers Bayou to Camp Walton be allowed and the following committee be appointed to map out route - to wit:- W.A. Douglas - William Cox and M.E. Savage." (Board of Commissioners Meeting at Crestview 12/08/1916)

Bridge Over Shoal River - Work Begun and Bridge to be Completed June 30, 1917: J. A. Stewart Has the Contract:
    “Secretary Houston, of the United States Department of Agriculture, has signed an agreement with the board of commissioners of Okaloosa county, to cooperate with them in the construction of a bridge across Shoal river at Cox’s Crossing, four miles south of Crestview in the Florida National Forest. The United States Forest Service has agreed to contribute $2,700 in cash and approximately $960 worth of timber towards the construction of the bridge. M. E. Savage, of Crestview, will contribute about 630 cypress piles and the board of commissioners has appropriated $1,600 as its part of the cost. The contract for the construction of the bridge has been awarded to J. A. Stewart, a bridge contractor of considerable experience. The contractor has already started the work and the construction is progressing rapidly.
    When completed the bridge will be about one-half mile long, built entirely of timber, with a clear width of ten feet. It was designed by the engineering department of the forest service, and was approved by the highway engineers of the United States office of road and rural engineering. In the design are embodied the latest approved ideas of highway bridge construction, and when completed will probably be the best bridge of its kind in the state. The work will be done under the supervision of County Commissioner Davis. The contract provides for frequent inspection by government officers. The work will be completed on or before June 30, 1917. The bridge will connect for year around travel Camp Walton, Garniers, and Niceville with Crestview and other points along the “Spanish Trail” and to the northward.
    The Choctawhatchee Bay and Santa Rosa sound resorts have grown so in popularity during the last few years, particularly among automobile tourists, that the need of good highway communication has become most urgent. Since most of the road is through the Florida National Forest, the government has been able to offer cooperation in its construction, and realizing the importance of it, has concentrated its road operations on the one project. In addition to the construction of the bridge across Shoal river, local forest officers have recommended the expenditure of about $10,500 of government funds for the improvement of the Camp Walton-Crestview highway. The commissioners of Okaloosa county, as well as a number of private individuals, will contribute liberally to the funds, and it is expected that this road will be made one of the most popular of the laterals from the Spanish Trail.”


Niceville:
"B. P. Edge and George Nathey, motored to Milligan Monday, where Mr. Edge attended the commissioner's court."

Niceville: "B. P. Edge purchased an Overland car this week from Mr. McCaskill." (Okaloosa News 09/21/1917)

Niceville:
"Robert Parrish and L. L. Shaw made a business trip to DeFuniak Friday. W. H. Parrish of Crestview was here a few days last week repairing cars.

Mr. and Mrs. Ottis Gunter, and Robert Parrish motored to Andalusia Saturday where Mrs. Gunter is on a visit to friends and relatives." (Okaloosa News Journal 11/30/1917)

Niceville:
"B. P. Edge is remodeling and lengthening the bridge at the head of the bayou. This work has been needing attention for quite awhile." (The Okaloosa News 12/21/1917)

Niceville:
"Dr. Huggins, Mr. Stubbs and Misses Erma and Clyde Miller all motored to Niceville from Freeport and spent Sunday.

 Dr. Haseman, John Conley, Ray Balenfield and Lattungdam all from the Dye plant motored up here on their new Ford Sunday evening.

W. J. Armstrong, Loyd Early and Joe Edge motored up to Crestview last Wednesday." (Okaloosa News Journal 06/21/1918).

Right of way through Nathey homestead (Niceville) for Crestview to Camp Walton road given on October 16, 1918 by Mary Jane Nathey, widow of William John Nathey:

Right of way for Crestview-Camp Walton Road 1918 through Nathey Homestead

Catching Fish in Gulf Off Okaloosa Coast: “Mackerel are being brought by the boatload into Niceville. The weather has been rough and fishing has not reached its crest, but fish of all kinds are being caught plentifully. Mackerel are especially fine, and many people motor to Niceville and buy fish “right out of the water.”  (Okaloosa News Journal 04/16/1920)

A visit to Florida National Forest should be made a part of a trip to the South. There is a good automobile road across the pine lands from Crestview to Niceville on Boggy Bayou, and from that point Camp Pinchot Ranger Station. There is no ride like this in all of Uncle Sam’s vast forest domain - among the live oaks, the cypresses and the long-leaf pines, which rise 40-60 feet before spreading out their dense foliage. Along the road one seems to be riding through the arches of a cathedral. Turpentine camps and turpentine stills are numerous, and there is ample opportunity to study the simple yet novel methods of gathering and distilling the fruit of the pine trees. (Seeing the Sunny South John T. Faris, 1921 Published by Philadelphia; J. P. Lippincott Co. Chapter XX)

Construct 1000 Foot Bridge Over The Rocky Bayou: “A bridge one thousand feet in length will be constructed over Rocky Bayou connecting Okaloosa County public road with the Florida National Forest Reserve, according to the announcement made by A. E. Lodge, district engineer, and bids are now being asked for the work, said contract to be performed within not more than one hundred working days where the weather will not interfere. There will be required about five hundred feet of sand fill, and on these two projects bids are being asked. The forestry department will have this structure built, it is announced. Another bridge which will be erected soon in Okaloosa county in which the Forestry takes a hand will be that spanning what is known as Tom’s Bayou, and this work will be advertised within the next few days. There was some opposition to this bridge at first, and it was so persistent that the district engineer went to Valparaiso for the purpose of conducting a hearing and to receive any protest if anyone who cared to protest. At the hearing but one protest is said to have been filed, this coming from a lady who is said to have protested because the construction of the needed bridge would obstruct her view to some extent. This was not considered a legal objection and was not so held.” (Okaloosa News Journal 01/21/1921)

Rocky Bayou Bridge Let to Ed Pettus: “As advertised in the News-Journal for the past several weeks, bids for the construction of the one thousand foot bridge across Rocky Bayou were opened and considered in Montgomery, Ala., on the 3rd instant. There were nine bids on the proposition, the lowest one being $8,250 by Ed Pettus of Montgomery. This low price will enable the building of a very fine bridge well within the funds available, which is $11,500. One half of the cost of this bridge is to be paid for by Okaloosa county, the other by the National Forest Service at Washington, DC. It is expected that the contractor will be on the ground and begin the work of construction within the next thirty days. In addition to this improvement of bridges and roads, there is now being published in this issue of The News-Journal a call of an election for the purpose of floating a thirty-five thousand dollar bond issue for the erection of seventeen miles more of good roads in the Bay Country district. When secured this money will be used in the building of roads from the Walton county line into Valparaiso - seven miles - from Gap Creek bridge to Mary Esther, a distance of four miles, and the building of four miles from old Niceville to Rocky Bayou. When this lay out of roads and bridges are completed, they will connect all sections of the Bay Country with good roads and direct outlets - either by way of Crestview or Mossy Head to DeFuniak.” (The Okaloosa News Journal 02/11/1921)

Niceville Makes Plans For Incorporation As County Municipality: Niceville, Fla. - (Special) - “Niceville is on the direct thoroughfare of the upper part of the Gulf Coastal highway, the DeFuniak Springs to Fort Walton highway and the Crestview-Fort Walton highway and all points north.” (Okaloosa News Journal 06/24/1938)