Sing a song of Lanark

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM.

Clark and his associates established the Clark Syndicate Companies and purchased large amounts of land in Leon, Wakulla and Franklin counties.

To make their empire accessible, the syndicate built the Carrabelle, Tallahassee and Georgia Railroad vetween Tallahassee and Carrabelle with stops in several timber outposts along the way. At the time, the largest station on the line was McIntyre, a town that no longer exists. The investors also purchased the steamboat “Crescent City” which made regular trips between Apalachicola and Carrabelle.

The syndicate decided a hotel directly accessible by rail would be a good investment. They surveyed the territory along the tracks and settled on a section of coast protected by barrier islands with huge springs to provide ample drinking water. The area contained a freshwater spring that bubbled up through the bay creating a curiosity that some believed to be a healing bath.

Clark named the planned settlement and resort for his home in Scotland and “Lanark On The Gulf” was born.

The choicest waterfront lots, in a section called Paisley, were west of the inn, roughly from the current site of the Lanark Market to Ho Hum RV Park.


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