Baker County, Florida

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Baker County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 22,259. The U.S. Census Bureau 2008 estimate for the county is 26,164 [1]. Its county seat is Macclenny, Florida[1]. While primarily rural, the county is included in the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area.

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History

Baker County was founded in 1861. It was named for James McNair Baker, a judge and Confederate Senator. In 1864 the Battle of Olustee, which was the only major American Civil War battle in Florida, was fought near Lake City, Florida in Baker County. [2]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 589 square miles (1,525.5 km2), of which 585 square miles (1,515.1 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10.4 km2) (0.62%) is water. The extreme northern part of the county lies within the Okefenokee Swamp and its federally protected areas.

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