CRESTVIEW — From Crestview to Deerland is about 10 miles. It's a tad less than 10 miles to Mossy Head, and slightly less than 10 miles more to DeFuniak Springs.
Going the other way, it's a little more than 10 miles west to Holt, nearly 10 miles more to Harold and another 10 to Milton.
Coincidence? Not at all.
Though Northwest Florida was founded and explored as early as the 16th century, it wasn't until the railroad's advent that the places we call home were developed.