Florala History

Stories and Information of Florala, Alabama

Lake Jackson (Page 2)

Lake Jackson in front of the Colonial Hotel. Notice the railroad tracks.


Lake Jackson has had several diving platforms. This is one of the earlier ones.


Boat racing on Lake Jackson, sponsored by the “Florala Motor Boat Club”.


The Lake Jackson Aqua-Jets Ski Team (ca 60s). Mark Gitenstein, the former US ambassador to Romania (2011), was on the Aqua-Jets ski team (not in picture).

Float Planes on Lake Jackson in 1946. The planes appear to be Curtis SC Seahawks (see below for comparison). “JS” designates the plane being based at Jacksonville Station.

A U.S. Navy Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk sea plane on the sea wall at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida (USA), in 1946.


T33 Shooting Star “stationed” at Lake Jackson

Unidentified person boating on Lake Jackson, likely in 30s.


Gators are always around even if you don’t see them.

Lake Jackson 2012, looking southeast

People who paddled their boats on Lake Jackson in the early 20th century could not have imaged such a craft hovering over their lake!

This was Tom Britton’s boat house on Lake Jackson. It was moved to Lakewood, FL (east of Lake Jackson) just to be the post office—primarily so that Tom Britton’s mother, Hazel, could be post mistress just before they discontinued the post office  in Lakewood. Note the round windows in the building.


  • By M. Poston, March 22, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    I am not certain but with my military experience and love of history I believe JS stands for Jacksonville Naval Station.

  • By Max Baker, March 22, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    Thanks. That makes sense. Do you also know how the T-33 came to be placed by Lake Jackson? There was also a caboose next to it years ago, but it decayed to the point it had to be removed.

  • By Wendy Windham, June 6, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

    I love to know the story behind the plane and the caboose that use to be there…often wondered about this

  • By Bill Capps, June 11, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    Hello, Thanks for the excellent photos of Lake Jackson. I have always admired this lake since I was a child. I would travel to my grandparents home in Valpariso, Fl. We always drove past this lake. I also remember the T-33 and caboose. Sometime, I would like to take my boat to Lake Jackson, just to idle around and enjoy the view. Does anyone know if the fishing is good in Lake Jackson? I bet it is. Thanks!

  • By Kenneth Holley, September 29, 2016 @ 1:06 pm

    That is a T-33A Serial number 53-4938. This link will give you some info.


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