Historic Markers Across Florida

Site of Cow Ford

Marker ID: FLHM F-66
Location: Bay Street on grounds of Courthouse.
County: Duval
Coordinates: N 30° 19.509    W 081° 39.180
  30.32515    -81.653
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM38ET


This narrow part of the St. Johns River, near a clear freshwater spring was a crossing point for Indians and early travelers. The Indian name Wacca Pilatka, meaning "Cow´s Crossing", was shortened by the English to Cow Ford, and Jacksonville was known by this name for many years. This crossing was used by the English when they made an old Timucuan Indian Trail into King´s Road.

Sponsored by: Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials - 1961


City: Jacksonville, FL