Bristol, Florida

by David Payne
(Goldenrod, the cultural hub of the Occident)

When I was a post-grad student in theatre at FSU, I drove over to Bristol to get the tag for my car because Liberty County was 67. The tag number was 67-45. Liberty County was the least populous county in Florida when the numerical designation for tags was established.

The year was 1976, the year of the great snowfall. Snow actually collected on the windshield of my car, and SR 20 proved undriveable for people west of Tallahassee who had never experienced snow on the highway. Also, SR 12 south of Bristol was notorious for semis hauling wood chips wrecking. Apparently the drivers would either fall asleep or simply lose control of their rigs.

We hunted over in Liberty County that winter, and my friend who told me there would be at least one overturned trailer and wood chips scattered all over the place was correct. Beautiful countryside, well worth experiencing. Same for Torreya State Park, home of the rare and endangered torreya pines.

Apparently, Hurricane Michael didn't do them any favors. Hopefully, the state's efforts to restore them will still prove successful.

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