This district covers Columbia, Suwannee and Hamilton counties. Forty-five troopers are stationed in these three counties that include Interstate 75 and Interstate 10. The Lake City FHP Station is located at 1350 U.S. Highway 90 West, Suite 101, in Lake City, FL. The Lake City office is a full service office for Columbia, Suwannee and Hamilton counties. Troopers in the Lake City District are responsible for patrolling 635 miles of state and federal designated highways. There are also 1,613 miles of paved county roads in this district. Radio communication is operated out of the Jacksonville FHP Regional Communications Center.
Lake City Station
Florida has a long and interesting history. Columbia County was named for Christopher Columbus. The county seat was once named Alligator but the Florida Legislature changed the name to Lake City because of the myriad of lakes that surround the area. The annual Olustee Battle Festival and Civil War Battle Reenactment of 1864 attracts some 2,000 reenactors each February and is viewed by some 40,000 spectators. The Olustee Battle Reenactment attracts individuals from all over this country who join in commemorating this historic moment in history and in celebrating the accomplishments seeded by those spirited pioneers of this country. The Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site is a state park open all year with an interpretive center that offers exhibits and information on the Olustee Battle of 1864. Suwannee County received its name for either Cherokee sawani, meaning "echo river," or corruption of Spanish San Juan. "The Suwannee River" (Old Folks at Home) version was designated the official Florida State Song by legislative action in 1935. The Suwannee River flows southerly from the Okeefenokee Swamp in Georgia making its way through Suwannee County headed for the Gulf of Mexico. This river also forms the northerly and westerly boundaries for Suwannee County. Stephen C. Foster, one of America's best loved musical storytellers, wrote "The Suwannee River" in 1851. A memorial center at White Springs honors Foster who authored about 200 songs during his career. The Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center is a 247 acre state park that houses a museum, carillon tower, craft square, craft shop and camping facilities. The annual Folk Festival attracts thousands of visitors and is one of many special events sponsored by the Florida Park Service each year.