Guide to locals' nicknames for North Okaloosa landmarks

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Clockwise from upper left, It may have FAMU's name on it, but to long-time locals, it will always be "the Alatex Building." Blueberry Curve, in local directions parlance, is "just up Highway 85 from Winn-Dixie." The long-gone Almirante community is remembered in institutions including Almarante Cemetery. "Ted Steele's hardware" is what long-time locals' call Crestview Plumbing and Hardware.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 03:52 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Locals know if they want a good meal, head to Mrs. Kolonowski's old house. For a fresh field-picked watermelon, swing by the farm stand on Blueberry Curve. Need some fast food? There's plenty on Juke Hill.

Native and long-time residents' penchant for identifying locations and giving directions using traditional place names and landmarks rather than street addresses often confuses newcomers.

After all, how does one plug "Chicken Head" into a GPS?

Here's a guide to help newcomers fit into their new hometown. Soon, "driving through The Quarters" will come easily.

ALATEX BUILDING: The classic American brick industrial building on Woodruff Avenue is now the home of Florida A&M University's Rural Diversity Healthcare Center.

Locals also fondly remember it as "the sewing factory" that provided jobs for many workers during the Depression. It also used to house City Hall.

ALMIRANTE: One of the county's first communities, located near present-day Laurel Hill, is still remembered through institutions such as the Almarante Fire District and Almarante Cemetery.

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