One hundred years ago much of what is now Bay County was part of Washington County, with some eastern portions being in Calhoun.
"And that's the main reason they wanted to have a new county, it was such a long journey to Vernon or Blountstown for county business. People couldn't run down to the courthouse and take care of something in 15 minutes, it was hours getting there and back and taking care of business," says historian Rebecca Saunders.
So on this day in 1913, in what is now McKenzie Park in Panama City, Florida Governor Park Trammel signed the legislation that formed Bay County.
Wednesday's Centennial Celebration was held at the Mckenzie house, right across the street from the park. The former home of Panama City's first mayor Robert Lee Mckenzie was chosen because of his role in the area's development and history's role in the area's future.