Guide to locals' nicknames for North Okaloosa landmarks

Published: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 15:52 PM.

NOTE: Spelling difference between community name and fire, cemetery name

BACK STREET: In the 1920s, Fourth Street in Laurel Hill was a main thoroughfare, lined with some of the railroad town's nicest residences, Laurel Hill School and the then-bustling Presbyterian Church. So Third Street, the less prominent street behind it, was the "back street."

BLUEBERRY CURVE: The sweeping right curve on State Road 85 north of Winn-Dixie was named for the area's abundant blueberry crops in the 1930s. It was seen briefly in the locally-shot Gregory Peck World War II film, "Twelve O'Clock High."

CHICKEN HEAD: This is the big left curve on SR 85 approaching the straight-away by Farm and Garden World south of Laurel Hill. Chicken poachers would go down the embankment to behead their ill-gotten pullets.

HOG-N-HOMINY ROAD: County Highway 2 between Blackman and Laurel Hill was nicknamed by 1940s radio personality Cooter Douglas in a good-natured poke at the north county's agrarian lifestyle.

JUKE HILL: The stretch of SR 85 between the north and south entrances to West Redstone Avenue, containing Walgreens, Krystal, Dunkin Donuts, Captain D's and other businesses formerly contained several colorful juke joints.

Legend has it that certain commercial sites on the hill were jinxed and doomed to failure, but today's businesses seem to have broken the jinx.



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