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Punta Gorda in Charlotte County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Hector House Plaza: The Founding of Punta Gorda

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, April 18, 2014
1. Hector House Plaza: The Founding of Punta Gorda Marker
Inscription.  On December 3, 1887, 34 men in the "Town of Trabue" met here in a two-story building, built in 1887, owned by Tom Hector. The diverse group of landlords, tenants, merchants and workers, some white and some black, were all qualified voters. At the time of the meeting, the ground floor was the location of a drug store and the second story was Hector's billiards hall. Above the drug store, at a pool table, the men passed the articles of incorporation by a two-thirds majority. They selected a city seal, a council and the corporate name of Punta Gorda. Although politically active locally and in his native Kentucky, town founder Col. Isaac Trabue had not registered to vote on this issue and was barred from the balloting. Trabue had begun acquiring land in early 1883. He had the land platted, reserving the shoreline for public use and naming streets for family members. Having given up half his holdings for rail service, a depot and a luxury hotel, he was angered by the settlers' ingratitude. The documents were filed at Pine Level, the county seat, on December 7, 1887. Trabue sued to dissolve the municipality and regain title to the public lands. Ten
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By Tim Fillmon, April 18, 2014
2. Hector House Plaza: The Founding of Punta Gorda Marker
years later he gave up. The Hector House was demolished in 1988.
 
Erected 2008 by The City of Punta Gorda and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-639.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 26° 56.06′ N, 82° 3.035′ W. Marker is in Punta Gorda, Florida, in Charlotte County. Marker is at the intersection of Taylor Street and Olympia Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Taylor Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 223 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda FL 33950, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charlotte County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Hotel Punta Gorda (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Punta Gorda Bank (about 700 feet away); City of Punta Gorda (approx. 0.2 miles away); Albert Waller Gilchrist (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Punta Gorda Home Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Punta Gorda Railroad Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charlotte High School (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Punta Gorda.
 
Also see . . .  Hector House: The Birthplace of Punta Gorda. (Submitted on February 21, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.
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