Remembering the days when Seagrove was alligator alley

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The two cabins built on Camp Creek Lake, date uncertain.

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM.

When Bruce Register thinks about South Walton, his memories don’t include bike paths, 30A stickers or many fabulous restaurants.

Rather, his memories of the area consist of fishing with bamboo poles, homesteading in a rustic cabin, and encountering alligators, snakes, and other wildlife.

Register, a longtime Dothan, Ala., resident, started visiting the area in the late 1940s, back when his family owned a vacation cabin along Camp Creek Lake. He visited the area often until the family’s cabin sold in the 1970s.

Register relayed a mélange of South Walton memories through stories and photos to The Sun.

 We built a cabin on Camp Creek Lake in the ‘40s. We spent every weekend we could down there. We lived in Dothan. St. Joseph Paper Company had acquired most of the homestead land around us. My uncle had homesteaded the property. We bought a parcel and built our cabin. Later there were three other cabins next to us.

There was a paved road to Seagrove Beach from Highway 98. We had to travel the several St. Joseph Paper Co. fire lanes from Hwy. 98 to get to our site. We would walk three miles down the beach to go to the Seagrove store. In smooth Gulf water, we would drag a boat over the sandbar to go to the Seagrove store. We would refill our gas can for our boat motor.

I slept under tarpaulin that hung on a rope between two pine trees before and as we built our cabin.

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