Gilchrist's brag that he owns or controls nearly all the desirable property in Arcadia was true. He had completed the original survey of Arcadia in 1886 and drew a city map in 1892, a copy of which hangs in the citys offices,
ARCADIAN PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS COURTESY OF THE DESOTO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Albert W. Gilchrist was Florida's 20th governor, serving from 1909-1913.
Modern Arcadia isn't much different than when Gilchrist died in 1926.
By CAROL MAHLER
Arcadian Historical Correspondent
In an election season, the Arcadian’s Carol Mahler looks back on an important historical figure in DeSoto County history.
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