Walton County, Florida

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Walton County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 40,601. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 50,324.[1] Its county seat is DeFuniak Springs, Florida.[2] The county is home to the highest point in Florida: Britton Hill, at 345 feet (105 m).

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History

Walton County was created in 1824. It was named for George Walton, Secretary of the Florida territory from 1821 to 1826.

In 1951, Mossy Head became the interchange point for a base railroad constructed between the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and Eglin Air Force Base, located partially in Walton County. The line operated until the early 1980s, and a short section on the north end of the alignment still exists for rail shipments.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,238 square miles (3,206 km²), of which 1,058 square miles (2,739 km²) is land and 180 square miles (467 km²) (14.58%) is water.

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