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Thursday, July 28, 2011

۞ The World’s Smallest Police Station ۞

Carrabelle is a small fishing village located on the eastern side of the panhandle.

Carrabelle has one claim to fame ~ it's home to the world's smallest police station. Sure, it may look like a phone booth, and the truth is, there's not even a phone in it anymore. But, no other town can claim to have had its police force operating out of a 4-square-foot office.

Up until 1963, Carrabelle's police officers would answer calls, using a call box that was hanging on the side of a downtown building. It wasn't a very good system, because the officers would get wet when using the phone during bad weather, and at other times, civilians would use the phone to make long-distance calls, on the city's dime. When the phone company replaced a phone booth in town, the phone company gave the old one to the police, and moved the call box into the phone booth. Their biggest problem was people sneaking in and using the phone until they removed the dial so they couldn't call out It also happens to be right down the street from the restaurant we had read about and wanted to go to.

"The Fisherman's Wife"

We had read about this place, so decided to give it a try after a long day of sightseeing. We had read that the place was actually one of those food trailers, but it is permanently parked on a lot on the water across from the Worlds Smallest Police Station. . Well the business had grown so popular and busy that they have opened a restaurant across the street and down the road from where they were. It use to be a house at one time and they have even attached the Big Red Food Trailer to the building and still cook in it. The food is simply amazing. We had the best fried fish we have ever eaten -- and we've eaten a lot of it! The portions were huge and it came with cole slaw, cheese grits, french fries and hush puppies. We also ordered a side of Fried green tomatoes which was served with a yummy buttermilk ranch sauce. The owners really are the wives of fishermen and they are a hoot! They'll cook your food then come out and chat with you. If you're looking for excellent food and some local color - this is your place. Great food, huge portions, and good conversation ~ what more could you ask for!

Crooked River Lighthouse

For 116 years the Crooked River Lighthouse has stood as a beacon, guiding timber ships as well as local fishermen and oystermen through the treacherous pass between Dog and St. George Islands, along Florida's Panhandle. Built in 1895, this iron and steel structure replaced the lighthouse on Dog Island, which was destroyed by hurricane in 1873.

In 1995, the Crooked River Lighthouse was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard which four years later, despite its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, had plans to surplus the lighthouse and auction it off to the highest bidder. It was at this time that the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association (CLA) was formed by a dedicated group of local citizens with the goal of preserving, restoring, and opening the lighthouse to the public.

It was another fantastic day of exploring the area we are in right now!

Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!


Jeff said...

When we were in the Carabelle area last Nov (at Ho Hum RV Park) either The Fishermans Wife wasn't there or we missed it. We'll have to check it out next time.

Travels with Emma said...

That restaurant sounds like a winner. I love fried green tomatoes. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna! Oh, yummy! We had some fried green tomatoes last weekend.
Good ole southern food.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jerry and Suzy said...

We had heard about the police station but not that restaurant. Don't know if we could take all that fried stuff along with the fish, but we'd be willing to give it a try!

Sue and Doug said...

the world's smallest Police station?..now that is a strange one..I would bet that there is a 'geocache' hidden there!!..sounds like you had a fabulous day playing tourist!!

Mike McFall said...

I love that area,,,,especially the SeaFood.....Ship some up here to SOUTH DAKOTA will you? I'll send you some BUFFALO!
My favorite Police Station!!
The Seafood festivals they have down there are OUTSTANDING!! Enjoy!
We are headed that way in Oct...

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Wish I had some fish!!! I suppose I could fry some myself, but it is so much better when someone else does it!

Donna K said...

That police station is a hoot! Do they have a jail?

Hootin' Anni said...

Those photos, again....are super Donna. And the Police Station...well, that just blows me away!!! What a claim to fame Carabelle has.

I always enjoy you visiting with me...thanks for stopping by yesterday.

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Sherry and Charley Dilworth said...

What great pictures and what a place!! We will have to make note of this and try to get by there when we are back in Florida in January. The police station is a must see but the restaurant is a must try it out!!

Rick said...

Interesting story about the police station - but strange!

That restaurant sounded pretty good.

Rick said...

Interesting story about the police station - but strange!

That restaurant sounded pretty good.

Karen and Al said...

Will definitely have to remember The Fishermans Wife when we get to that area. Thanks for the tour. It looks like you're having fun.

Dawn Fine said...

I am hungry now..want some of that fried fish..:)

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