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About Paxton
Statistics   Government
Population - 656
(2000 census)

Hayward Thomas

Land Area -
10.122 sq. kilometers
  Town Clerk
Suzan Imfeld
Water Surface Area
0.167 sq. kilometers

Town Council
Jenice Armstrong
Tommy Mathis
Charles Cook
Travis McMillan

Location -
30.97° N 86.31° W

Bobby J.  Kemp


 City Attorney:  Ramey & Bytell

Parks:   Schools:
Woodrow Adams Memorial Park
  Paxton School
A Brief History
Like many northwest Florida communities, Paxton can trace its name and founding to the timber industry around the turn of the century. But even before the first pine tree had been logged, Paxton had a share of settlers.

Paxton's natural landmark was a mile-wide lake the Creek Indians called Big Pond. The lake was a stopping place on the Creek's Red Ground Trail which ran from central Alabama to Escambia Bay.

The Paxton area began to be settled by Europeans in the late 1830's after the war between immigrants and the Creeks, which saw many of the Creeks captured and sent to Oklahoma.

Paxton and neighboring Florala and Lakewood, began to boom when the timber industry started cutting the inland forests of Northwest Florida and South Alabama. By then, Big Pond had been renamed Lake Jackson in honor of the general and later president, Andrew Jackson.

By 1903 the Florala Sawmill Company opened a timbermill on the south side of Lake Jackson. Tom Hughes, who started the sawmill company, named his first mill after an invester from Chicago, John Paxton.

City of Paxton,  Walton County Florida

  •   Paxton is located on the FL/AL State line 25 miles north of I-10 at DeFuniak Springs, FL, on US highway 331.  Some of the     attractions that Paxton has to offer are:

               * K-12 excellent County school system

               * City government (mayor/council)

               * City utilities available water/sewer

               * Electric power provided by Gulf Power and (CLELCO member owned utility)

               * Over 40 churches within half hour drive 

               * Local post office and home mail delivery (RFD)

               *Free weekly curb side garbage pick up

               *Free online pay by cc payment for utilties

  •     Paxton is a farming/retirement community of approximately 650.
  •     We are located approximately one hour from I-65 north and south, one half hour from I-10 east and west.
  •     Three major military bases (Ft. Rucker,  Eglin AFB and Pensacola Naval Air Station) are less than two hours away.
  •     Shopping is available within a 30 minute drive and larger citiesd (Pensacola, Ft. Walton Bch) approximately an hour to hour and    half.
  •     The Gulf of Mexico is approximately 70 miles south of Paxton.
  •     Climate is mild winters and hot summers.
  •     Various Clubs and groups e.g. Ruritan, Garden, Masons, Riding, PTA and Chamber of Commerce are within the Tri-cities area (Paxton, FL, Florala and Lockhart, AL)
  •     For Recreation/relaxing we have exxcellent hunting, fishing and boating.  Lake Jackson--a large natural lake borders Paxton.
  •     Higher education can be obtained from Northwest Florida State College with campuses at DeFuniak Springs (20 miles),  Crestview (25 miles) and main campus at Niceville (35 miles.) Also   Florida Baptist College is at Graceville, FL. just an hour's drive from Paxton.  A 2 year Junior college is located at Andalusia, AL (25 miles)
  •      24/7 Paid/volunteer Fire department and County funded EMS are stationed in City.
  •     Land/housing are available.