A glimpse of old Florida

Bunnell is the crossroads of Flagler County.

While Bunnell is small (1,475 in 2005 according to the U.S. Census), it is also the county seat of Flagler County, one of the fast growing areas in the United State.

The city also made its mark on the world of music. Bunnell is the hometown of trumpeter Charlie Turner (1936-2006), who played for Jimmy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra. Bunnell is also home to American soccer star Eddie Johnson.

The city was named for Alvah A. Bunnell, the operator of a cypress shingle mill that was built around 1800. Bunnell's name served as an identification of a mail stop and boarding place for the railroad. By 1898 it was known for a turpentine distillery that had been established by Issac Moody and Major J.F. Lambert.

In 1909 Lambert and Moody established a real estate development company, the Bunnell Corp., with offices in Bunnell and Chicago. The company built the first hotel, the Bunnell Hotel.

The Flagler County Courthouse in Bunnell has an old Florida look. The courthouse and the Holden House Museum were built by the WPA in the 1930s.

The median income for a household in the city is $21,210, and the median income for a family is $25,231. Men had a median income of $27,500 versus $17,891 for women. The per capita income for the city is $13,274. About 20 percent of families and 22.5 percent of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.5 percent of those under age 18 and 13.1 percent of those age 65 or over.

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