Flagler County (pop. 95,696) is east of Putnam County, on the Atlantic Ocean. It has been one of the fastest-growing counties in the country; its 1970 population was just 4,454.
The county was named for Henry M. Flagler (1830-1913), founder of the Florida East Coast Railway and a leader in the development of Florida’s Atlantic Coast.
The county seat of Flagler County is the city of Bunnell (pop. 2,676).
The largest city in Flagler County is Palm Coast (pop. 75,180), developed starting in 1969 and incorporated in 1999.
The 21-acre Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, near Palm Coast, is best known for its formal gardens.
Flagler Beach (pop. 4,484), partly in Volusia County, has six miles of beach and a municipal pier.
The town of Marineland (pop. 10) is the home of Marineland of Florida, which was Florida’s first marine theme park when it opened in 1938. The park is now called Marineland Dolphin Adventure, a subsidiary of the Georgia Aquarium.
Marco Polo Park was another attraction in Flagler County. It opened in 1970 (a year before Walt Disney World opened) and closed in 1978. The site is now the Plantation Bay Golf and Country Club community.
In 1994, the entire county was evacuated because of huge brush fires that were threatening the area. About 40,000 people were forced to leave the county.
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