It’s possible to get too familiar with a place and leave it largely undiscovered. We wake up at the same time, drive the same route to work, do the same tasks, see the same people, etc. It’s a good thing (in my opinion) to interrupt the status quo on a relatively frequent basis. So, when the suggestion came up that we, as an office, should do a tour of downtown Jacksonville. I jumped at the opportunity. The Jacksonville Underground Walking Tour was hosted by an excited and informed citizen named Gary. He even dressed the part with his Andrew Jackson blazer, circa 1812.
Side note: The phrase “underground” may be a bit overemphasized. You do take an underground walkway or two to check out an old bank vault, but if you have visions of deserted tunnels that have laid untouched and undiscovered for years… You’ll be a bit underwhelmed.
Having lived in Jacksonville for 30 years +/- you think you know a place. Have all of the facts down, places memorized, and things to do – done. Wrong! It’s amazing how much of this tour was a fresh perspective on our fair city.
Facts about Andrew Jackson and why the founders chose him as the cities namesake.
A view from the bottom and top of the Bank of America building, the tallest in Northeast Florida.
A visit to Atlantic National Bank where a vault that is 100+ years old is still standing.
A trip through Florida Theatre filled with interesting tidbits about the building and its history.
A brief pause at Jacobs Jewelers. We didn’t go in, but had my wife been there I’m sure we would have 🙂
A couple of other historic buildings we saw along the way
Originally posted 2014-04-08 16:25:39.