No April Foolin': How Santa Rosa became a 'beach' town


The old Butler store, now the Red Bar.

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 at 04:53 PM.

On April 1, 1955, the town of Santa Rosa became known as Santa Rosa Beach. This story appeared on the front page in the Northwest Florida Daily News, then known as the Playground News.

Santa Rosa Once a Satsuma Center


It is fitting, that at this time I should make known that as of April 1, Santa Rosa became known as Santa Rosa Beach.

It's a long story how it came about and first of all would like to give you the story on Santa Rosa prior to the change of name and how it came to be named Santa Rosa and why.

First, let's look back into the history of what is now regarded as Santa Rosa: In 1492 when Columbus discovered the Americas, there were many expeditions of Spanish adventurers and proof of that is still evident today. Many pieces of pottery, armor and stone hammers have been found in the vicinity of Santa Rosa.

I have seen them during this past week and they are authentic and have been verified by no less person than John Hutchison of Panama City.
From stories handed down from old timers it seems also that Indians of various tribes frequented this area plus many freebooters and gentlemen of the high seas who made it their business to prey on the sea lanes.

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