Ortega is similar to many other neighborhoods that started off as a plantation. Several years after Spain ceded Florida to England, King George III granted 2,000 acres to Abraham Jones which included this part of Jacksonville. Many of the street names are based on people who lived on the plantation over the years. Daniel McGirtt was an infamous patriot and spent a lot of time in the area.
Judge Josef de Ortega renamed the area, after many ownership changes. The land was sold in 1902 to the Jacksonville Ortega Town Company. This company was headed by U.S. Senator Wilkinson Call. Lack of execution, the poor health of Senator Call, and unfortunate circumstances led the sale of the 5,000 acre tract to J.N.C. Stockton’s Ortega Company.
Progress in Ortega
By 1908 the Ortega Company had completed a wooden bridge over the river, crossed by a trolley line that connected with downtown Jacksonville. By 1909 much of the area was platted for houses. Soon homes were sprouting up on new streets. New residents were offered discounts if cash was paid for a home site. Riverfront lots were sold for as little as $100.00. The Florida Country Club was built to provide a place for residents to socialize, play tennis and get away from their busy lives. Sadly, the club no longer remains, it was demolished for modern home sites.
The area boomed again in the 1920s. The Ortega River Bridge completed at a cost of $300,000 in 1927. Many original homes still remain and many street names show former residents. A quaint Village remains with nice shops and a small community feel. Many parks also remain as well as Stockton Park, the site of the annual River Run.
While not part of the original renaissance that graced the area to its east. “The” Forest lies just to the west, across the 6-lane Roosevelt Blvd. The main difference is almost immediate, the lots in the Forest, especially along the river are much larger. The streets have more curves on them, reflecting more of the influence of a modern developer, rather that the older grid structure of older neighborhoods. Further evidence is found in the use of river water at the south end of the area. Residents can have boats on lifts with easy access to the river.
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