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Boca Grande in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Pioneer Hole

 
 
Pioneer Hole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, October 1, 2018
1. Pioneer Hole Marker
Inscription.  On November 28th, 1905, the steamboat Mistletoe of Tampa with the engineer corps and a force of sixty laborers landed on the beach directly opposite this spot, and the initial work of surveying and constructing the Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railway was commenced that day. This palmetto tree stood near the door of the officers tent, and the glass insulators at the top of the tree are the original insulators that supported the wire of the first telephone line, which was built on trees from Punta Gorda for the purpose of giving the headquarters of this company telephone communication.

The only inhabitants of Gasparilla Island at that time were Captain William Lester, light house keeper, and the assistant light house keeper and his family, L.M. Fouts and Edwin L. Fouts are the only members of the party now residents of Boca Grande. The railway forces were under the direction of George S. Bruce, chief engineer, and L.M. Fouts, Vice President and general manager.
 
Location. 26° 45.036′ N, 82° 15.711′ W. Marker is in Boca Grande, Florida, in Lee County. Marker

Pioneer Hole Marker looking north on Park Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, October 1, 2018
2. Pioneer Hole Marker looking north on Park Avenue
is at the intersection of Park Avenue and 4th Street West, on the right when traveling north on Park Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boca Grande FL 33921, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Baptist Church of Boca Grande (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gasparilla Inn & Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); First White Man Dies in America (approx. 15.1 miles away); Juan Ponce de Leon (approx. 15.1 miles away); Lemon Bay Cemetery (approx. 15.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Boca Grande Historical Society. (Submitted on January 6, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 6, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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