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De Funiak Springs

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De Funiak Springs is a city in Walton County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,089 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 5,141. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.1 square kilometers.
The town was founded by the officers of the Pensacola and Atlantic Railway, a subsidiary of the Louiville and Nashville Railway. The P&A Railway was organized to connect the terminus of the L&N near Pensacola to the Western terminus of the Seaboard Railroad at River Junction now Chattahoochee in the decade of 1880. It was named after Frederick De Funiak, the president of the L&N. Like much of northwest Florida, De Funiak Springs was settled mainly by Scots from Virginia and the Carolinas.
As part of the intellectual atmosphere of the town, a college and a private high school, called Palmer College and Palmer Academy respectively, as well as a technical school, Thomas Industrial Institute, and a teacher training school, Florida Normal College, were established in the 19th century. Florida Normal College was incorporated into Florida State University while the other schools closed during the Great Depression.
De Funiak Springs is also known as the town of best geographical environment and has traced its origins back to prehistoric times. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and can also enjoy its natural beauty concealed by the beautiful landscapes.

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