Crestview, in Okaloosa County, has a revitalized historic district monitored by the Community Redevelopment Association to ensure it retains its small-town charm and vibrancy. The historic town received its name because it sits on a peak that overlooks the Yellow and Shoal Rivers. It was once called the “icebox” of Florida because it boasts the coldest winter temperatures in Florida.
Designated as one of Florida’s Main Street Cities, the town was incorporated in 1916 and still holds to its original small-town culture. Crestview has quaint homes, churches, and the CSX railway that runs parallel to the Old Spanish Trail, which includes its own rich history. The Okaloosa Memorial Wall, erected in 2003 as a tribute to fallen military men and women, is next to the courthouse along the historic route.
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