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Spanish Heritage Trail In The Works In Jackson County

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A new attraction is coming to Jackson Couny. The new self-driving tour is an effort to promote tourism to the area and celebrate the sunshine state's 500th birthday.

"We began to look at what spanish heritage we do have in Jackson County and we came up with 11 locations," said resident Dale Cox, "Including the one here at Bellamy Bridge Heriage Trail."

It's here resident Dale Cox says the Spanish crossed in 1686.

"It was in fact in this area of Jackson County that they first encountered buffalo as they were marching west," said Cox. "So it has an unique significance not only to the county but to the entire Florida panhandle as well."

The Spanish Heritage Trail is a joint idea and effort by the Tourist Development Council Director Pam Fuqua, Resident Dale Cox and Jackson County's Park and Recylcing Director Chuck Hatcher.

"We're doing this in commemoration with Viva Florida 500, so this is Jackson County's claim to fame for celebrating Florida's 500th birthday."

Viva 500 is a statewide initiatve encouraging all 67 counties to host events in an effort to showcase and promote the sunshine state's history and culture since Ponce de Leon gave it it's name in 1513.

"All stops have something to do with the Spanish Hertiage in the area," said Cox. "They also incorproate other things that happen there whether it be a Seminole War battle or the Civil War or a piece of folklore like the Bellamy Bridge here."

"It takes about four and half hours to complete, five hours if you drive a little bit slower," said Chuck Hatcher. "We encourage people to come up and see it."

Kiosks at the other 10 locations have yet to be set up but Fuqua says the entire driving tour should be ready by mid-summer.