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This sedate and modest neighborhood is intimately connected with the city’s military history and contains one of the largest outdoor parks in Jacksonville, nestled among spiraling loblolly pine and plentiful scrub oaks.
Known formally as the Yukon Station Community and designated a mobile home park, this unassuming neighborhood is located directly across from the Commercial Entrance of Jacksonville Naval Air Station (Jax-NAS), off Roosevelt Boulevard. Its entry point is 120th Street and its farthest boundary is less than a mile to the south, adjacent from the Yorktown or main entrance of Jax-NAS.
To the passing motorist, Yukon is a barely visible settlement and only its landmark post office on 120th Street stands as a dusty remnant of the area’s former life. Created in 1917 as part of Camp Johnston – a training ground for military personnel during World War I – the camp served its purpose and was then depopulated. Jacksonville Naval Air Station was designated to replace Camp Johnston in 1938.
Yukon’s value today consists of its military past, an historic post office and more notably, a huge nature park.
In 2005, the former Westside Regional Park was upgraded and renamed the Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park. Encompassing over 500 acres, the nature park runs the entire length of Yukon and contains within its boundaries the preserved remnants of a 16-foot-wide brick road, used to move munitions and supplies during its military heyday.
Today, mothers with young children, bicyclists, nature lovers and local historians alike wander through the quiet park trails. At its center, the park boasts a Nature Center with playground equipment, picnic tables, and grills. Birders and wildlife enthusiasts enjoy elevated wildlife observation posts for viewing bald eagles, as well as numerous hiking trails. This serene sanctuary preserves the robust habitat of North Florida and is also home to the North Florida Archers.
Yukon stands as a reflection of Jacksonville’s long military history and the preservation of its natural surroundings.