We are now at Jonathan Dickinson state park for the night. We left Christmas Rv park just before noon today and got here about 2:30 or so. It was a 142 mile ride. We did have a few shots of rain, and we will expect that for the next 10 days or so . The park is right off historic Route 1, that runs along the east coast. We are just above Jupiter Florida and 90 miles north of Miami. It has 90 rv spots, with all hook ups, and is 8,000 acres in size more or less. The park was given to the state of Florida, by the Federal government in the late 40’s and opened as a park in 1950. Before that it was called Camp Murphy, opened in 1942 as a top secret radar training school. It cost 5.3 million dollars to construct, and about 6000 enlisted men and 800 officers lived here. It had over 1000, buildings including schools, houses and everything you need to run a city. In fact where the 90 Rv sited are used to be the hospital. By summer 1944 as it seemed we would win the war shortly it was closed and all the buildings demolished and equipment taken away. Then in 1947 turned over to Florida.
Very Nearby is the north fork of the Loxahatchee river. In the mid 30’s a young guy named Trapper Nelson arrived and set up camp there in the wilderness of it all. He became a local legion, and known as “Wildman of the Loxahatchee”. In 38 years he managed to make a living, construct a much visited wildlife zoo and acquire large land holdings. It was quite the popular place in the 60’s. Then one day a friend found him dead, with a shotgun blast to the chest and a shotgun nearby. No one knows if it was suicide or not. In his will, all of his land was to be turned over to the park, and that area now is where you rent boats ,canoes, go for guided tours and the like.
This is the part of the river Wildman lived on.
A cute little trailer we saw, about 8 feet long.
A sunset Melissa caught.
Tomorrow we head to Key Largo