Florida: Union County

Union County (pop. 15,535), west of Bradford County, is Florida’s smallest county.

240 square miles

It was not named for labor unions or for the North in the Civil War; it was named for the widespread agreement that a new county should be carved from the western part of Bradford County, in 1921.

It’s one of 17 Union counties.

The county seat of Union County is the city of Lake Butler (pop. 1,897).

Union County Courthouse (1936)

The former courthouse is now the Lake Butler Woman’s Club. It was moved to its current site when the new courthouse was built.

Built in 1923

The city of Lake Butler is on the south side of Butler Lake.

There’s an annual bass fishing tournament.

The Union Correctional Institution, near the town of Raiford, dates from 1913. It is Florida’s oldest correctional institution.

Known informally as “Raiford.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s posthumous album “Legend” (1987) had a song called “Four Walls of Raiford.”

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