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

“Bean's Point” / Early Legend

“Bean's Point”/Early Legend Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3/Cosmos Mariner, March 2014
1. “Bean's Point”/Early Legend Marker
In May 1894, Anna Maria Island's first modern-day pioneer -- George Emerson Bean -- took up a homestead, signed by President Wm. McKinley, that embraced the island's entire north point. Other daring settlers, such as Samuel C. Cobb and John R. Jones, came shortly after, clearing the island's dense jungle to build homes. In 1913, George W. Bean, son of Anna Maria's first pioneer, founded the Anna Maria Development Company. This opened the island to its expansion as a uniquely appealing summer and winter resort for visitors as well as year round home for an increasing number of residents from almost every state of the union.

Earliest known dwellers of Anna Maria Island were Indians of the Timucuan Tribe, whose burial mounds, filled with tribal artifacts, were found years later. According to tradition, Ponce de Leon in 1513 visited this key (then joined to what is now Longboat Key) and in honor of his sponsor King Charles II, gave the island his queen's name. In 1539, Hernando DeSoto is said to have made his first new world landing near here. Replenishing his ships' water casks, the explorer then passed around Anna Maria's north point and sailed to the Manatee River, launching his historic expedition to the Mississippi River.
Erected 1969 by Florida Board of
WIde view of the “Bean's Point”/Early Legend Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 14, 2014
2. WIde view of the “Bean's Point”/Early Legend Marker
Parks and Historic Memorials in cooperation with Manatee County Historical Society. (Marker Number F-171.)
Location. 27° 32.101′ N, 82° 44.172′ W. Marker is in Anna Maria, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is on North Bay Boulevard 0.3 miles north of Pine Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located between the street side parking and the Bayfront Park picnic area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 316 North Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria FL 34216, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Passage Key (within shouting distance of this marker); The Anna Maria Pier (approx. 0.3 miles away); The City of Anna Maria Historical Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Island Playhouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort De Soto Batteries and Military Post (approx. 5.6 miles away); DeSoto Trail (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Village of Cortez (approx. 5.7 miles away); De Soto Trail Monument (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anna Maria.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 423 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 20, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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