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This mural is on a building which is now a bank

One of the attractions of Cocoa is this park on the Indian River which is quite visible from the ICW. The playhouse is also an outstanding landmark along with the water tower with an enormous flag painted on it.

The first families arrive in this area around 1860. But when they established a post office in 1882 (at Magnolia Point two miles north) and they wanted to name the town "Indian River City", the name was unacceptable to the U.S. Postal authorities who claimed it was too long for use on a postmark.

Naming Stories

"In 1925, the Cocoa Tribune published several accounts, supplied by readers, of the town's naming. A Mrs. Ruby Myers credited Captain R.C. May with the choosing of the name Cocoa at a town meeting in 1884. Those attending the meeting focused on a local product or characteristic feature of the area; e.g., citrus plants and Cedar Key. It was stated that at Captain May's suggestion, the group finally chose for its association with the Cocoa plant. The name was forwarded to Washington, D.C. where it was officially adopted.

"Another version suggests that while a group of citizens were seeking a name for the town, an old woman received inspiration from a box of Baker's Cocoa and her suggestion was adopted. Still another version suggests that along the bank of the Indian River lived an old woman who would supply hot cocoa to the sailors as they traversed the Indian River. As they passed, they would call out "cocoa, cocoa" until the woman supplied them with refreshment. Whatever its origin, by 1884 the name Cocoa had become permanently associated with what was then an infant settlement."

Additional history of Cocoa is on the Cocoa town website

  • Last visit to Cocoa: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 29, 2004
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  • Apr 23, 2007 at 6:28 AM

    Much of what is listed has changed in the past 3 yrs. Our D.J. has built a new site which will be up shortly. Until then, for accurate information on nightly/weekly events and drink prices, give us a call.

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    Apr 2, 2005 at 2:20 PM

    Nice page on an interesting place! I see that the oldest house "was built in 1888 by Miss Julia Roberts" - Wow, I had no idea she was that old, it's amazing what the plastic surgeons can do these days ;-)


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