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Getting to Know Jax

By Linda Tancs

There are a lot of interesting things you may not know about Jacksonville, Florida.  Take the ostrich farm, for instance.  That’s what you would have found in the 1900s at Dixieland Park, a Disney-like attraction located around the site of the present-day Hilton at Southbank.  And there’s the film industry; 30 film companies and early greats like Oliver Hardy and Fatty Arbuckle made movies there until Hollywood proved more hospitable.  Even the city’s St. Johns River is unique, one of the few in the world that runs north.  Perhaps the most surprising fact about Florida’s largest city is that it’s also the largest city in the contiguous United States by land mass, encompassing a whopping 840 square miles.  Now you know Jax.

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