UWF history professor's book is a guide to regional heritage

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM.

Heading south, Rucker recommends the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum, noting, "For people who like things that go 'boom,' this is the place."

The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida in Valparaiso and the Indian Temple Mound Heritage Park and Cultural Center in Fort Walton Beach also rate a visit, Rucker said.

The Indian temple mound is the last of several, one of which was lost when bulldozed to put in a bowling alley in the 1950s ā€” "because that's 'progress,'" he said.

Head west, young man

Newspaperman Horace Greeley's advice to "go west" is also appropriate for seekers of local history.

Traveling U.S. Highway 90 west toward Milton takes visitors into the heart of Northwest Florida's once booming timber and turpentine industry.

Along the way, motorists drive parallel to a restored section of the first paved highway in the area. The Old Brick Road, or Highway 1, was a brick-paved section of the Old Spanish Trail.

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