Historic sign marks Jax's 190th anniversary

Sign re-discovered after missing for a year

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In honor of the 190th anniversary of Jacksonville's founding, the city unveiled a historic site marker Friday.

The marker was recently re-discovered after someone reported it missing more than a year ago.

The city sign stands on the corner of Bay and Market streets downtown.

Members of the historic society say that in the 1800s, a group of men decided to give up their land so roads could be built on it.

It was that decision that eventually created what is now Jacksonville.

The great-great-great-great-great-grandson of one of the founders was there for Friday's unveiling.

"I have young children now, and it's going to be fun to bring my children down here to say their sixth great-grandfather was part of the founding of this town. I can show them the marker," said Daniel Dearing.

The historic society says a city employee stumbled across the sign in a warehouse.

Donations helped refurbish the marker to make it look brand new.

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