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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Port Charlotte in Charlotte County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Placida Bunk House

Placida Bunk House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 21, 2016
1. Placida Bunk House Marker
Inscription.  The Placida Bunk House was built about 1907 by the Charlotte Harbor & Northern Railroad to house their employees. The line was laid to transport phosphate to docks at South Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island. Several families called the building home, as railroad transportation encouraged early settlement of the Placida area. Over the years, it has been the site of a local school, post office, and meeting place for a local church. It is linked with several longtime families who established the community here in the 1900s. The wood-framed building style is a local example of pre-1920s Florida Frame Vernacular architecture, which is significant to the state’s history and development. Despite severe weather and neglect, the Florida yellow pine frame resisted deterioration over the years. This landmark was moved to its present location onto county-owned land along the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail, to protect it from demolition during the Coral Creek bridge realignment. It was originally located on the eastern side of the railroad bed in Placida. Charlotte County will maintain this important historical resource as a trailside stop and interpretive
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Erected 2006 by Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1907.
Location. 26° 55.843′ N, 82° 13.401′ W. Marker is in Port Charlotte, Florida, in Charlotte County. Marker can be reached from Gasparilla Road (County Route 771) 0.1 miles south of South McCall Road (Florida Route 776). Marker located in Cape Haze Pioneer Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1688 Gasparilla Road, Port Charlotte FL 33981, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of McCall (a few steps from this marker); Myakka River Civil War Skirmish (approx. 2.7 miles away); Southland Trail Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); The Cookie House (approx. 6.9 miles away); Bass Biological Labs/Cookie House (approx. 7.3 miles away); Murdock (approx. 7.4 miles away); First White Man Dies in America (approx. 8 miles away); Juan Ponce de Leon (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Charlotte.
Placida Bunk House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 8, 2020
2. Placida Bunk House and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 128 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 12, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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Sep. 21, 2023