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By Julie Szabo, January 15, 2009
Lemon Bay Cemetery Marker
Florida (Sarasota County), Englewood — Lemon Bay Cemetery
Since the late 1800's the deceased loved ones of Englewood's pioneer settlers have been laid to rest on this high sandy ridge. The land for the cemetery was deeded to the citizens of the Lemon Bay area, by means of trustees, by John H. and Florence . . . — Map (db m15669) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Laurel — Laurel Turpentine and Lumber Industry
The naval stores industry provided employment for workers leaving the plantation system following the Civil War. Some laborers were leased by private companies from state or county prisons. This leasing system brought about conditions of peonage to . . . — Map (db m11815) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Longboat Key — Corey's Landing and Farming Community
Byron Corey was one of the first homesteaders to be awarded land by the U.S. Government on Longboat Key. He was given 154 acres of land on Sarasota Bay in 1895. Until 1921, he had some of the finest tomatoes, guavas, limes and other produce for . . . — Map (db m79430) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Miakka — Old Miakka School
The Miakka School House was built in 1914 by J.B. Rogers for $1,390. It was the first school in Manatee County to be built using school bonds authorized by the Legislature of 1913. This area was part of Manatee County until 1921. The two . . . — Map (db m97078) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Nokomis — Curry Family / Wading Birds
Curry Family Roberts Bay was named for Robert Roberts, who arrived in the area in 1871 and acquired property at the mouth of the bay. His land extended southward along the coast to the southern limits of the present City of Venice. Curry . . . — Map (db m124899) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Nokomis — History of Nokomis / Fred Albee
History of Nokomis The early community between Dona Bay and Roberts Bay was part of a larger community known as Horse and Chaise. The name came from clumps of trees that reminded sailors of a horse and chaise (two-wheeled horse-drawn wagon). . . . — Map (db m124898) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Nokomis — Johnson Chapel / Albee Quarters
The original Johnson Chapel building, located on Church Street in Laurel, was moved in 1947 from the Missionary Baptist Church in Osprey to become the sanctuary for the Johnson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Laurel. Naming the church for their . . . — Map (db m124875) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Nokomis — Knight Memorial/Area First Cemetery
Side 1 Knight Memorial The original settlers of the area were Jesse and Rebecca Knight who came to the Venice area in 1868 with their children and 300 head of cattle. The Knight family settled south of Shakett Creek and north of . . . — Map (db m146124) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Nokomis — Laurel Turpentine Company / Blackburn Sawmill Quarters
Laurel Turpentine Company As the turpentine industry spread through southwest Florida, landowners leased turpentine rights to contractors who hired operators for camps that would harvest gum from thousands of acres of pine woods. The Laurel . . . — Map (db m125006) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Nokomis — Nokomis School
One of the area's oldest educational institutions, the Nokomis School, was built in 1924 on Nippino Trail. The photo shows the two-room Mediterranean Revival style school. Originally, children in grades one through eight attended the . . . — Map (db m38372) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Nokomis — Shakett Creek / Estuary "the cradle of the ocean"
Shakett Creek The naming of Shakett Creek dates back to the arrival of Jesse Knight's family to Nokomis in the late 1860s. They traveled overland from northeast of Tampa with covered wagons, buggies and mounted horses. When the group reached . . . — Map (db m125018) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Nokomis — Turpentine / Venice Ice House
Turpentine Early in the 20th Century, turpentine camps were established in Nokomis and Venice. Typically black laborers cut a V-shaped “cat face” in the bark of pine trees, from which gum oozed into a clay or tin pot nailed to the . . . — Map (db m124982) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Nokomis — Venice Post Office
Side 1 This marks the location of the Post Office established July 3, 1888 to serve the pioneer community of Horse and Chaise, begun in 1868 by Jesse and Caroline Varn Knight on high ground east of Dona Bay near Shake It Creek. The Post . . . — Map (db m146019) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), North Port — Little Salt Spring
The waters of this unusual archeological and paleontological site have yielded preserved human skeletal remains and artifacts dating from 10,000 to 3000 B.C. Animal fossils have also been recovered. Including species of extinct tortoise, sloth, . . . — Map (db m128665) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), North Port — Prehistoric Man Lived Here/Spring Was Once a Cave
Prehistoric Man Lived Here More than 10,000 years ago prehistoric man, sabre-tooth cats, giant sloths, mammoths and mastodons lived in this area of Florida which eons later became a part of Sarasota County. Warm Mineral Springs, here, and . . . — Map (db m128664) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Osprey — Historic Spanish Point
This 30-acre preserve includes prehistoric shell middens and a burial mound dating from 3,000 B.C. to 1,000 A.D., buildings from the homestead of John Greene Webb, and gardens from the winter estate of Mrs. Potter Palmer. In 1975, it became the . . . — Map (db m60326) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Osprey — Oscar Scherer State Park
Bequeathed by his daughter Elsa Scherer Burrows 1884-1955 in memory of her father 1856-1923 "That man may last, but never lives, who much receives, but nothing gives; whom none can love, - whom none can thank, creation's blot, . . . — Map (db m125017) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Osprey — Osprey School
The Osprey School served the Osprey and Vamo communities from 1927 through June 1976. It was one of four boom-time schools which were designed by Tampa architect M. Leo Elliot and built along the Tamiami Trail between 1926 and 1928. The land . . . — Map (db m38423) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Osprey — South Creek Trestle / Oscar Scherer History
South Creek Trestle In early 1900 Seaboard Air Line Railroad (SAL) controlled 2,600 miles of track stretching from Virginia to Florida. In 1911 SAL constructed a 16.5-mile extension from Sarasota (Fruitville Junction) to Venice. The bridge . . . — Map (db m125012) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — “Rogana” – Dora FosterCircus Ring of Fame
Dora Foster famously known all over the world as the “Baroness of Balance” who with her unique sword balancing act on a high swaying ladder amazed circus and variety audiences across all continents. Also known as one of The Famous . . . — Map (db m147161) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — A Resting Place of Pioneer Families and Hidden Histories
Individual Variation As you walk through Rosemary Cemetery, examine each of the markers carefully. They offer clues about the former lives of the deceased and the thoughts of those who buried them. (sidebar) Rosemary . . . — Map (db m148071) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Albert RixCircus Ring Of Fame
Trained from age 13 at Karl Hagenbeck’s renowned Stellingen Zoo, Albert Rix became one of the World’s foremost authorities on the breeding, care and training of bears. He was featured for many years on Ringling Bros., beginning in 1950 when he . . . — Map (db m147051) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Alberto ZoppeCircus Ring of Fame
Famed as the performer for whose services John Ringling North traded an elephant, he is the fabled patriarch of a family whose circus roots go back 160 years in Italy. His classic bareback equestrian act was featured in C.B. DeMille’s “The . . . — Map (db m147566) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Alfredo CodonaCircus Ring of Fame
A Ringling Bros. superstar of the 1920s, he was undisputed “King of the Flying Trapeze.” At a time when few had attempted it and even fewer had succeeded, he made the difficult triple back somersault a highlight of every performance, . . . — Map (db m147667) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Allan C. HillCircus Ring Of Fame
His love of the circus came from his parents, both of whom were circus people. He began his career selling peanuts, popcorn and cotton candy under the big top and rose to become one of the youngest showmen ever to own a large show, Allan C. . . . — Map (db m147040) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Allen BloomCircus Ring Of Fame
Allen Bloom worked with Irvin Feld beginning in the 1950’s as his partner. During the birth of Rock and Roll prior to Feld’s ownership of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, he was Vice President from 1967-95 responsible for marketing and . . . — Map (db m147143) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — American National Bank
American National Bank Built 1926 Francis Palmer Smith - Architect Adair & Sentor – Builder Has been placed in the National Register of Historic Places & Designated A Historic Structure By The City Of Sarasota, . . . — Map (db m148224) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Antoinette ConcelloCircus Ring Of Fame
Known as the “Queen of the Flying Trapeze,” she was the second woman to perform the difficult triple somersault. For many years she was the star female aerialist with the “Flying Concellos” who were considered to be one of . . . — Map (db m147230) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Station
(side 1) A 41-mile Tampa Southern line, "The Fort Ogden Extension," was constructed in 1925-1926 from Sarasota southeasterly to a junction at Southfort on the Lakeland-Naples line of the Atlantic Coast Line. A pair of daily passenger . . . — Map (db m146103) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Avondale
In December 1913, Oscar and Alice Burton joined real estate developer and future Sarasota mayor Arthur B. Edwards (1914-1915 and 1920-1921) and his wife Fannie in selling the land south of Hudson Bayou to the Sarasota Improvement Company. In . . . — Map (db m92861) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Barry LubinCircus Ring of Fame
Among modern-day circus clowns, he ranks in the very top echelon. As “Grandma,” an impish, red-attired solo clown, he has bestowed his feel-good merriment on 25 years of Big Apple Circus audiences and elevated physical comedy to a new . . . — Map (db m147421) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Bay Haven School
Side 1 Bay Haven School is one of two elementary schools built in Sarasota from identical plans to accommodate population growth resulting from the 1920s real estate boom. Bay Haven and Southside Elementary were designed by architect M. Leo . . . — Map (db m146087) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Beach Segregation
Side 1 Beaches, a cherished asset to Sarasota County, were not always welcoming to Sarasota’s African–American communities. Prior to Brown vs. the Board of Education and Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat to a white . . . — Map (db m146250) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Bee Ridge Woman's Club
Side 1

The Bee Ridge Woman's Club has been an integral part of the growth and development of the Bee Ridge community, providing social outlet, community pride, and staunch support for many public interest projects since the early 1900s. . . . — Map (db m136014) HM

Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Bello NockCircus Ring Of Fame
Seventh generation member of one of the circus world’s royal families, his upswept red hair and daredevil aerial high jinks set him apart as one of the preeminent clowns in recent history. His mastery of such apparatus as the swaypole, highwire, . . . — Map (db m147510) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Bidwell-Wood House
In 1882 this "handsome residence" was under construction for Alfred and Mary Bidwell on land Mary purchased from the State of Florida for one dollar an acre. Before construction the Bidwell's apparently occupied the detached kitchen-dining room . . . — Map (db m97086) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Bispham Dairy
Jackson and Katherine Bispham started a dairy in 1922 north of Sarasota with Sarasota County Dairy Permit No. 2. Later that year Bispham moved his operation to the area of present South Tamiami Trail and Fiesta Street, named it Bayside Dairy, and . . . — Map (db m101064) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Ca’D’Zan: House of John
This Venetian Gothic palace on Sarasota Bay, palatial home of John and Mable Ringling was completed in the mid-20s. The mansion and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, surrounded by lovely gardens and embellished with Italian statuary . . . — Map (db m146125) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Captain William HeyerCircus Ring Of Fame
As a rider and trainer of high school horses, he had no peer. A former Dutch Cavalryman, he came to the U.S. in 1936 to join Ringling Bros. where, his steed, Starless Night, he set new standards for presentation of the classic Spanish riding . . . — Map (db m147047) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Cecil B. DeMilleCircus Ring of Fame
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, the live entertainment circus spectacular, was brought to the big screen by movie director Cecil B. DeMille in “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The winner of the 1952 Academy Award for Best Picture, the . . . — Map (db m147378) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Cedar Point/Sunset Park - Cedar Point/Golden Gate Point
Cedar Point/Sunset Park Cedar Point, a hook of land on Sarasota Bay, was platted in 1899 and recorded as an addition to the Town of Sarasota in 1900. Split into north and south sections by North Gulf Stream Avenue, Cedar Point was home to . . . — Map (db m97107) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Cedric WalkerCircus Ring Of Fame
Creator of the world-renowned Universoul Circus, Cedric Walker is a preeminent pioneering force in urban influenced circus arts, theater and new generation, cutting edge productions. His skill, insight, diversity and veracity have earned him his . . . — Map (db m147136) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Charles and Mathias CoronasCircus Ring of Fame
Legendary highwire walkers who escaped war-ravaged Czechoslovakia during World War II and became some of the most innovative, daring and influential performers of the post-World War II period. Known for their imaginative, original routines they . . . — Map (db m147372) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Charles Ringling Building
(Side 1) Charles Ringling, along with his wife Edith and their children, helped Sarasota become a dynamic, thriving West Coast community. Born in 1864, he was actively involved in the operation of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey . . . — Map (db m145879) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Charles Robert Sidlow“Chucko” The All American Clown — The Circus Ring Of Fame —
As graduate and teacher of its famed Clown College, Chucko was named “The youngest boss clown in history” by RBBB, touring North America and Japan. After appearing for ten years in various capacities in Japan, he returned to Sarasota . . . — Map (db m147114) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Charles SchlarbaumCircus Ring of Fame
Few in American circus history have led as many circus bands in as many performances. Born into a musical family with ties to the circus, it came as no surprise in 1958 when he and his trumpet joined the Cristiani Bros. Circus Band. Three years . . . — Map (db m147446) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Charly BaumannCircus Ring of Fame
In the Post-World War II era he was one of the world’s preeminent animal trainers. For 19 years Ringling audiences were awed by the beauty of his superb Royal Bengal Tiger Act which included one of the most difficult of all circus feats in . . . — Map (db m147257) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — City of Sarasota
On a bright spring morning in 1885, a surveying team from the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company cleared a ten foot area in what is today the center of Five Points. The group was led by Richard Paulson who announced: "We will lay out the . . . — Map (db m97142) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Cliff VargasCircus Ring of Fame
His hands-on managerial style and tireless work ethic helped him build Circus Vargas into one of the great circuses of the modern era. Starting from scratch with three trucks and eight animals, by the time of his untimely death 20 years later the . . . — Map (db m147570) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Clyde BeattyCircus Ring Of Fame
Clyde Beatty, master trainer of wild animals presented the largest group of jungle beasts ever seen in the circus – 40 lions and tigers in one cage. His spectacular showmanship won him center ring stardom with Ringling and other major . . . — Map (db m147052) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Con ColleanoCircus Ring of Fame
Known as the “Wizard of the Silver Thread,” his remarkable acrobatics were unmatched by any other low wire performer and made him one of the premier stars of the Ringling Bros. shows of the 1920s – 1940s. His singular . . . — Map (db m147220) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Count NicholasAmerica’s Most Celebrated Ringmaster — Circus Ring of Fame —
“Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Children of All Ages! Welcome!” This grand greeting was heard worldwide during Count’s illustrious 50 years in show business. Born in Greece, he traveled to America as a boy. In 1927, at . . . — Map (db m147331) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Count Roberto de VasconcellosViconde Ponte de Barca — Circus Ring of Fame —
Born of Portuguese nobility, experts acclaimed him to be the foremost exponent of classical horsemanship. His career evolved in the great circuses, music halls and theaters on three continents and culminated with the 1963-4 tour by Ringling in . . . — Map (db m147243) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Crocker Memorial Church
Crocker Memorial Church Built Circa 1901 Designated A Historic Structure By The City Of Sarasota Florida — Map (db m148172) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — CuccioloCircus Ring of Fame
He was one of the few little persons to gain stardom as a performer. Born Pasqualino Rizzi, he came to the U.S. from Italy in 1948 with the Zoppe Bareback Equestrian Riders to join Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus. Among his notable . . . — Map (db m147182) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — D.R. and Isla MillerCircus Ring of Fame
Their contribution to the preservation of the traditional circus is enormous over six decades. They launched their tented shows to towns and cities throughout the nation, compiling the longest record of continual ownership in the annals of the . . . — Map (db m147619) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Dan RiceCircus Ring Of Fame
He was the first clown in the history of the American Circus to gain nationwide fame. His talents were unmatched: animal trainer, equestrian, writer and singer of comical songs, owner or manager of circuses bearing his name. He appeared without . . . — Map (db m147042) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — De Sota Park / Logan and Currin, Inc.
De Sota Park During the Florida Land Boom of the 1920's, many new subdivision were platted, both within the City of Sarasota and within expanded city limits. On September 10, 1924, Lewis Combs (1892-1943), a native of Illinois who came to . . . — Map (db m146044) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — De Sota Park / Logan and Currin, Inc.
De Sota Park During the Florida Land Boom of the 1920's, many new subdivision were platted, both within the City of Sarasota and within expanded city limits. On September 10, 1924, Lewis Combs (1892-1943), a native of Illinois who came to . . . — Map (db m146045) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Dieter TassoCircus Ring Of Fame
A juggler who for six decades has astounded audiences with his trademark routine in which, while mounted on a slackwire, he uses his foot to toss as many as ten pairs of cups and saucers, plus spoon, teapot, and sugar cube, into a stack atop his . . . — Map (db m147509) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Dime Wilson FamilyCircus Ring Of Fame
He clowned for a lifetime while helping raise a half-dozen future circus stars. Paired with his wife, Connie, who was one of the first performing female clowns, the couple amused audiences on more than 30 shows over half a century while also . . . — Map (db m147491) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Dolly JacobsCircus Ring Of Fame
The premier aerial performer of the 1980s and 1990s, her spectacular skills on the Roman Rings have earned her the title, “Queen of the Air.” The daughter of clown, Lou Jacobs, she joined Ringling Bros. as a teenager and became a solo . . . — Map (db m147062) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Dr. J.Y. HendersonCircus Ring of Fame
For over 40 years he was veterinarian of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus looking after the world’s largest traveling menagerie. He is recognized as an outstanding authority on the care and feeding of circus animals. Charley’s . . . — Map (db m147679) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Edwards Theatre 1926
The Edwards Theatre was the dream of Sarasota County’s native son and early notable mayor, Arthur B. Edwards, who dedicated himself to the proposition that a modern city be built on the shores of Sarasota Bay. He was born October 2, 1874, and . . . — Map (db m146140) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Elly ArdeltyThe Circus Ring Of Fame
Her feats on the high trapeze have never been duplicated by a female performer. Her act was climaxed by standing on her head while the trapeze swung in a 60 foot arc with no safety net. A native of Russia she began her career as a ballet dancer . . . — Map (db m147026) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Emmett KellyCircus Ring of Fame
Emmett Kelly, the most famous clown of his time, will always be remembered as the creator of “Weary Willie” a clown whose sad face and original antics delighted circus audiences here and abroad. Thanks to Kelly’s rare gift for . . . — Map (db m147792) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Fay AlexanderCircus Ring of Fame
Recognized as one of the most accomplished artists of the flying trapeze. Performed with the “Flying Concellos” with Ringling and later formed the “Flying Alexanders.” His artistry has been seen in the movie . . . — Map (db m147623) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Felix AdlerCircus Ring Of Fame
He is remembered as the clown who in grotesque costume and makeup, paraded around the circus tent with a small trained pig. Their antics were classic examples of so-called clown gags. Adler became so popular that he was called “King of the . . . — Map (db m147071) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — First Black Community
(side 1) This Black community grew as businessmen, fishermen, physicians, nurses, teachers, farmers, contractors, carpenters, laborers, drivers, masons, blacksmiths, laundry workers and railroad workers made this area their home. Along . . . — Map (db m146209) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — First Municipal Airport Lowe Field
On January 12, 1929, Sarasota dedicated its first municipal airport located on 160 acres just west of Oriente Avenue, now Beneva Road, and north of Fruitville Rd. Pilots performed aerial maneuvers and stunts for the crowd, many of whom felt an . . . — Map (db m101387) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Floyd R. KingCircus Ring Of Fame
In a 60-year career that began during the circus’s Golden Age and extended into the 1970s, he was one of the great circus men of his time. He started as a candy butcher and worked as an agent before launching his own circus with brother Howard in . . . — Map (db m147070) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Francis Brunn Lottie BrunnCircus Ring Of Fame
A brother and sister who became two of the greatest of all jugglers. He is renowned for his incredible speed, for using his entire body to direct the movement of objects and for being the first ever to juggle ten rings at a time. In his . . . — Map (db m147067) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Franz Czeisler TihanyCircus Ring of Fame
Born in 1916 Hungary, he became one of the great impresarios of our time. In 1955, he and his wife Ilona, created Circus Tihany Spectacular, Latin America’s largest traveling circus. In a half-century of touring South and Central America and . . . — Map (db m147612) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Franz UnusCircus Ring of Fame
Franz Unus, an equilibrist of unequaled skill. Originated and perfected the spectacular one-finger stand in which he balanced his body on his right index finger atop a large electric light bulb. He was a center ring star with Ringling for 13 . . . — Map (db m147217) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Fred and Ella BradnaCircus Ring Of Fame
As newlyweds, they joined the great Barnum & Bailey Circus, launching careers in which both would attain super stardom. The quintessential equestrian director who became the model for nearly every ringmaster, he directed the daily performances of . . . — Map (db m147207) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Fred D. Pfening, Jr.The Circus Ring of Fame
Author, journalist, historian, biographer and lover of all things circus. Friend to trouper and fan alike, his fascination with the circus began as a child and consumed his life for the next seventy-five years, including forty-nine as editor and . . . — Map (db m147350) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Friendship Baptist Church
The first church in Sarasota County was organized by John Hendry July 6, 1875. Charter members of the Friendship Baptist Church were E.R. and Emiline Foster, Rebecca Lowe, Mrs. L.F. Rawls, Martha Reaves, I.A. and Eleanor Redd, John Tatum, Serene . . . — Map (db m128653) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Fruitville Elementary School
(Side 1) Fruitville Elementary School, the largest elementary school in Sarasota County in 1989, began as a converted corn crib in the late 1880's. Charles L. Reaves, a pioneer of the Fruitville area with his wife Martha Tatum of Tatum . . . — Map (db m150432) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Gee Gee EngesserCircus Ring of Fame
Over seven decades she thrilled audiences with her remarkable riding skills, her outstanding animal presentations and her theatrical productions. First gaining fame at 18 on Cole Bros. Following World War II, she became one of a very few to ever . . . — Map (db m147550) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — George ScottScott’s Unrideable Mule — The Circus Ring of Fame —
A one-of-a-kind act that his never been duplicated and the most recognized comedy act in circus history, George and his partner the mule Nebraska performed over 25 years together. George, along with his beloved wife Catherine and family came to . . . — Map (db m147269) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Gulf Beach Motel
Side 1 Built by 1950, the Gulf Beach Motel was part of the post World War II motel construction boom that addressed the needs of a growing number of tourists to the area. With the end of war-time gas rationing and the resumption o auto . . . — Map (db m146331) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Gunther Gebel-WilliamsCircus Ring Of Fame
The most versatile and admired animal trainer in Circus History. As a youth Circus Williams in his native Germany he demonstrated a rare rapport with animals especially tigers, elephants and horses. After becoming Europe’s leading circus . . . — Map (db m147039) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Guy LaliberteCircus Ring Of Fame
: Renowned artist, entrepreneur, and visionary, Guy Laliberte founded Cirque Du Soleil in 1984. To this day, he is the creative guide behind some 50 awe-inspiring shows that have pushed the boundaries of human performance above and beyond what . . . — Map (db m147083) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — H.S.H. Prince Rainier III of MonacoCircus Ring of Fame
His life-long enthusiasm for the patronage of the circus arts culminated in his founding of the International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo. Unsurpassed in its grandeur, this annual event has become the world’s largest and most prestigious . . . — Map (db m147339) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Hamid FamilyGeorge A. Hamid, Sr., George A. Hamid Jr., James M. Hamid Sr., James M. Hamid Jr. — Circus Ring of Fame —
Hailing from Broumana, Lebanon, George, Sr., an acrobat, arrived in America in 1908 with Buffalo Bill Wild West and was taught to read and write English by Annie Oakley. He opened his first circus at age 17. This was the first circus in the . . . — Map (db m147301) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Hans WinnCircus Ring of Fame
For seven decades, he has performed in and produced some of the world’s most exciting thrill acts. While he is widely known for the motorcycle incline, the Winn repertoire has included more than a dozen sensational aerial and ground acts, all of . . . — Map (db m147428) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — F-499 — Harding Circle Historic District
In 1923 circus magnate John N. Ringling (1866-1936) purchased St. Armands Key, an uninhabited, 150-acre, oval shaped island. He planned a community of fine residences with a central circle park surrounded by shops. The park was named in memory of . . . — Map (db m32407) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Harold AlzanaCircus Ring of Fame
On a thin sliver of wire, 60 feet above the ground he performed more near-suicidal feats than any other wire walker in circus history. With the Ringling Show he danced, skipped rope, and walked where angels fear to tread, flirting with death twice . . . — Map (db m147685) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Henry Ringling NorthCircus Ring Of Fame
Along with his brother, Ring of Fame inductee John Ringling North, he was co-owner of the RBBB Show from 1936-1967, overseeing much of the management of the circus, and acted as consultant to the show after its sale to the Felds. He deferred the . . . — Map (db m147162) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Historic Palm Tower
Historic Palm Tower From livery stable, fish house and pool hall in the 1800’s to Sarasota’s First “Skyscraper” Construction began in 1924, was completed in 1925, expanding upwards from a 2-story boarding . . . — Map (db m148205) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Hubert CastleThe Circus Ring Of Fame
His dazzling performance on the tightwire won him center-ring stardom with “The Greatest Show On Earth.” He began his act impersonating a drunken man who, after staggering and stumbling on the wire, accomplished feats which only a . . . — Map (db m147031) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Ian GardenCircus Ring of Fame
A highly respected showman, circus owner and animal trainer. He took over a struggling Garden Bros. Circus following his father’s death and built it into an entertainment giant and Canada’s foremost major circus that rivaled Ringling Bros. in some . . . — Map (db m147354) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Indian Beach
(side 1) 5,000 years ago, prehistoric Indians seasonally came to these shore, drawn by freshwater springs, bays teeming with fish and shellfish, and woods rich with game. By 1000 A.D. their middens, ceremonial mounds, and a village plaza . . . — Map (db m60327) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Irvin Feld and Kenneth FeldCircus Ring Of Fame
Father and son owners of the Greatest Show On Earth, Irvin Feld and Kenneth Feld rebuilt the circus in America. Irvin acquired a faltering Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in 1967, restored it to glory and secured its status as the longest . . . — Map (db m147056) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Italo Fornasari FamilyCircus Ring of Fame
Italo Fornasari, one of the circus world’s most esteemed comedic talents, and his family have influenced the art of clowning in virtually every field of entertainment. Benefiting from Italo’s comical antics, the family, including Italo’s wife, . . . — Map (db m147549) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Jacqueline ZerbiniCircus Ring Of Fame
Trapeze artist extraordinaire, French-born Jacqueline is known for her spectacular heel catches and one toe hangs, all without safety devices. Her versatility extended to training and presenting eight species of animals, including her fantastic act . . . — Map (db m147346) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — James A. BaileyCircus Ring Of Fame
Foremost circus manager of all time began his career as a bill poster. He rose rapidly in the circus world and became the leading challenger to the mighty Barnum. In 1880, Bailey joined Barnum to create “The Greatest Show On Earth”. A . . . — Map (db m147033) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Jean “Tarzan” ZerbiniCircus Ring of Fame
Swinging into the ring, attired in a loincloth, he was “Tarzan Zerbini, Lord of the Jungle” in one of the most innovative and crowed-pleasing wild animal acts of the 20th century. His dedication to the circus led him in 1980 into . . . — Map (db m147447) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Jenny WallendaCircus Ring of Fame
She had a distinguished performing career aloft on the ground. Starred as the top mounter on both the Wallenda’s original seven-person pyramid on the highwire and on the Zoppe bareback riding act on which she appeared in the film, “The . . . — Map (db m147546) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — John D. MacDonald 1916-1986/John D. and the Friday Liars
John D. MacDonald
1916-1986 During his years in Sarasota, John D. MacDonald became one of America's great writers. He published sixty-seven novels, five nonfiction works, more than five hundred short stories, and received numerous . . . — Map (db m97322) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — John Hamilton Gillespie
(side 1) “The Father of Sarasota,” John Hamilton Gillespie, was born in 1852 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He arrived here in 1886 to assist the failing Florida Mortgage and Investment Company, a development company partially owned . . . — Map (db m146104) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — John PughCircus Ring of Fame
Though British by birth, he lived the American dream of rising from minor performer to become owner of the circus for which he worked. As owner of the mighty Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus, few have done more to preserve the traditions of the . . . — Map (db m147490) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — John Ringling NorthCircus Ring Of Fame
John Ringling North, nephew of the Ringling Brothers was president and producer of the circus for many years. He staged the most lavish spectacles in Ringling history and acquired “Gargantua”, the gorilla, he became the best known . . . — Map (db m147064) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Joseph BauerCircus Ring of Fame
One of the circus world’s foremost entrepreneurs whose remarkable circus career began at age 4 and still flourishes three-quarters of a century later. In those 75 years, he has been a featured swaypole performer and has become a talent agent, . . . — Map (db m147431) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Josephine BerosiniCircus Ring Of Fame
A daring aerialist whose heart stopping performances made her one of the most accomplished highwire artists of the Post-World War II era. She was the first woman to begin and end her act by climbing to, and descending from, the highwire on the . . . — Map (db m147255) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Judah P. Benjamin Monument
Near this spot on June 23, 1865 Judah P. Benjamin Secretary of State for the Confederacy set sail for a foreign land — Map (db m65419) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Judah Philip Benjamin
Judah P. Benjamin, later considered "the Brains of the Confederacy," was an American lawyer and statesman. He was born on Saint Croix Island in 1811, grew up in South Carolina, and was educated at Yale College. He practiced law in New Orleans, . . . — Map (db m65418) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — JumboCircus Ring of Fame
Arguably the most famous elephant in history was brought to America from England by none other than famed showman P.T. Barnum in 1882. Cared for by trusted companion and keeper Mathew “Scotty” Scott, Jumbo was an African bush elephant . . . — Map (db m147302) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Karl L. KingCircus Ring of Fame
A circus musician and bandleader, he began a ten-year career as a Windjammer at 18, trouping with and conducting the bands of some of the finest circuses including Barnum & Bailey. A prolific composer of music for the circus, his works capture the . . . — Map (db m147682) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Kenny DoddCircus Ring of Fame
When he was ten, Ken was sure his life would be in the circus. A unique style of traditional white face clowning was the primary focus of his performing years. Starting with the Cristiani Bros., and also Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey . . . — Map (db m147262) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — La NormaCircus Ring Of Fame
La Norma, a talented and daring aerialist on the high trapeze was a center-ring star with the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey and other leading circuses. Her act included a variety of risky stunts performed 60 feet aloft with no safety net below. . . . — Map (db m147216) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — La ToscaCircus Ring Of Fame
Of the few women to perform on the bounding rope only Tosca Canestrell ever executed the backward double somersault. Born to a famed circus family, she debuted at nine on Ringling Bros. At 16, she was crowned “Queen Of The Circus” by . . . — Map (db m147222) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — LalageCircus Ring Of Fame
Known as "The High Priestess Of Rhythm Aloft," it was with the physically demanding one-arm swing that she gained her fame. An established star in Europe, she came to the attention of U.S. audiences at San Francisco’s 1939 World’s Fair and made . . . — Map (db m147245) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — F-102 — Landing of the Scots
On December 23, 1885 a number of Scottish families came ashore on or near this spot to settle land they had purchased for their homes in a new country. They met wilderness and hardship instead of the established town promised them; causing many to . . . — Map (db m97100) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Lido Beach Casino/Ralph Spencer Twitchell
Lido Beach Casino For nearly thirty years the Lido Beach Casino attracted residents and tourist for pool and gulf swimming, dining, dancing, shopping, and enjoying the beach. Activities such as swim meets, beauty pageants, and school and . . . — Map (db m146244) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Lillian LeitzelCircus Ring Of Fame
Lillian Leitzel a superb aerial artist was known throughout the 1920s as “The Queen Of The Circus”. She was acclaimed not only for her difficult feats performed high in Ringlings Big Top, but also for her dazzling personality. Her . . . — Map (db m147206) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Los QuirosCircus Ring Of Fame
Renowned as sixth-generation circus artist from Madrid, Spain, the troupe was comprised originally of brothers Angel, Vincente and Roberto, and their sister Mari, all trained by patriarch Vincente Quiros, Sr. Their high-speed dancing on the . . . — Map (db m147080) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Lou JacobsCircus Ring Of Fame
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Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Mabel StarkThe Circus Ring Of Fame
No animal trainer has created the same element of suspense as Mabel Stark did when she entered the steel arena, carrying only a small buggy whip and a short stick. The authority of her voice and force of her personality controlled 21 tigers and . . . — Map (db m147231) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain/Luke Wood Park
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Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain

Mable Ringling, born Armilda Burton on March 4, 1875, married John Ringling on 1905 and became a Sarasota winter resident in 1911. Mable, an avid gardener, created the formal Ca'd'Zan rose . . . — Map (db m121011) HM

Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Manuel “Junior” RuffinCircus Ring of Fame
Protégé of the legendary Clyde Beatty, his 40-year circus career included stints as a wild animal trainer, trainmaster on the Ringling-owned Monte Carlo Circus, tent boss for Circus Vargas, transportation boss for Ringling’s Blue Unit and as a key . . . — Map (db m147467) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Mary Wyatt Whitaker
Two hundred feet east of this highway is the tomb of Mary Wyatt Whitaker Born at Tallahassee, Florida, April 11, 1831; daughter of William Wyatt, member of the convention which gave to the state of Florida its first constitution; mother of the . . . — Map (db m97090) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — May WirthCircus Ring of Fame
Born in Australia May Wirth’s acrobatics on horse-back earned her center ring stardom with Barnum & Bailey. She was the first woman to somersault from one horse to another. From 1919 to 1929 she reigned as Ringling’s "Queen of Equestrian Artists". . . . — Map (db m147684) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Merle EvansCircus Ring Of Fame
Merle Evans, the most famous of Bandmasters, cued the acts for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey for 50 years without missing a single performance. As a conductor and composer he became known as “The Toscanini of the Big Top.” . . . — Map (db m147054) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Methodist Church
The village of Sarasota's earliest church was chartered in 1891 as the Sarasota Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Manatee Village circuit rider Rev. E. F. Gates brought recently ordained Rev. William B. Tresca to be founding minister. 'Will' had . . . — Map (db m97111) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Miakka
One half mile south of this marker once stood a log structure where church services were held by circuit riding preachers. During the week the building was used as a school. William Rawls and A.M. “Gus” Wilson each donated land for . . . — Map (db m146194) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Miguel VazquezCircus Ring of Fame
One of the greatest flyers of all time, he astounded the circus world when, in 1981, he accomplished a feat that had eluded every human and which was universally deemed to be impossible. It was the legendary “Quad”, four somersaults in . . . — Map (db m147351) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Newtown Community Center/Robert L. Taylor Community Complex
Side 1 The Robert L. Taylor Community Complex grew out of the "Colored Service Men's Club" building that had served black soldiers during World War II. Newtown resident John Floyd supervised construction of the wood frame structure. . . . — Map (db m146086) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Newtown/Helen R. Payne Day Nursery
Side 1 Understanding the importance of early education for the young children of their community, several African-American women organized and founded the Newtown Day Nursery. This grassroots organization, established around 1930, included . . . — Map (db m146223) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Norma and Ben and Eva DavenportCircus Ring of Fame
Remarkable circus family headed by the renowned Ben, owner of the giant Dailey Bros. Railroad Circus and the largest herd of elephants in the country. Daughter, Norma, was billed at 10 as the world’s youngest elephant trainer. She devoted her life . . . — Map (db m147614) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Oaklands/Woodlawn Cemetery
The Florida Mortgage and Investment Company deeded five acres in 1905 to Trustees John Mays, Willis G.P. Washington, Lewis Colson, Campbell Mitchell and J.P. Carter for a "colored" cemetery. The land was platted in 1910 as Oaklands Cemetery. For . . . — Map (db m92862) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Otto GrieblingCircus Ring Of Fame
Spent his early years with a troupe of bareback riders. When an accident forced his retirement from the act he became a Tramp Clown whose sad and sassy antics were a hit with circus audiences. His classic routines and gift for pantomime made him . . . — Map (db m147041) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — P.T. BarnumCircus Ring of Fame
He was the first American showman to gain international fame with Tom Thumb, the world’s smallest man and Jumbo, the world’s largest elephant. With James A. Bailey he launched the Barnum & Bailey Circus whose success was largely due to Barnum’s . . . — Map (db m147048) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Pablo Rodriguez and FamilyCircus Ring of Fame
With the guiding hand of Pablo Rodriguez, he and his family formed what became one of the most accomplished family aerial acts of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Their aerial bar act and double and triple-wide flying trapeze-wide acts were among the . . . — Map (db m147375) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Palmer Ranch
After her visit to Sarasota in 1910, Mrs. Potter (Bertha) Palmer and family began buying thousands of acres in the region. One large segment extended from their Sarasota-Venice Company's Bee Ridge development south to Laurel. The present 10,000-acre . . . — Map (db m125021) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Paul BinderCircus Ring of Fame
He was founder of the Big Apple Circus and the guiding genius behind its success during its formative years and beyond. Under his leadership, Big Apple became one of America’s greatest circuses that rivaled in quality older, more traditional . . . — Map (db m147361) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Payne Park
Side 1 Payne Park was host to many of Major League Baseball's most renowned figures from 1924, when the reigning champion New York Giants of the National League opened spring training, until 1988, when the Chicago White Sox of the American . . . — Map (db m146026) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Pedro ReisCircus Ring of Fame
A spectacular aerial performer, he cofounded Circus Sarasota and became the driving force behind its emergence as one of the country’s elite circuses. By presenting top quality performances and conducting a highly regarded community outreach . . . — Map (db m147501) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Pinito del OroCircus Ring of Fame
One of the great performers in the history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. She brought a combination of beauty and an uncanny sense of balance to the Big Top in the 1950s, her specialty was a spectacular routine in which, without a net and . . . — Map (db m147363) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Railroad History
The railroad came to Venice in 1911 at the request of Mrs. Potter (Bertha) Palmer. The Seaboard Air Line (SAL) Railway extended its line from Fruitville through Bee Ridge, where the Palmer's Sarasota-Venice Company was developing land, to the . . . — Map (db m124900) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Reggie ArmorCircus Ring Of Fame
Reggie Armor (1929-2010) was one of the great trapeze flyers of the 1960s and ‘70s. He consistently performed the triple somersault, at a time when very few flyers were mastering the feat. His inspirations were Alfredo Codona and Fay Alexander. . . . — Map (db m147138) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Rosemary Cemetery
Rosemary Cemetery is burial place for many early Sarasota citizens, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs including Scotsman John Hamilton Gillespie, first mayor and local manager for Florida Mortgage & Investment Co., British land developers of the . . . — Map (db m148054) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Rosemary Cemetery
A Place for Remembrance Rosemary Cemetery has been established place within the community since 1886, when it was included in Sarasota’s original town plan. The following year, an English settler named Tom Booth marked the first . . . — Map (db m148068) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Rudi and Sue LenzCircus Ring of Fame
Presenting a half-dozen or more crowd-pleasing chimpanzees, they delighted European and U.S. audiences for three decades. After starring on such heralded European circuses as Knie, Krone, Williams, and Bertram Mills, their greatest acclaim came on . . . — Map (db m147463) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — San Remo Estates
Side 1 Sarasota's population was soaring by the early 1920s, the homes were needed to accommodate those moving into the area. The two parcels of land that would become the nucleus of San Remo Estates were originally purchased by business . . . — Map (db m146023) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Sarasota Bradenton International Airport/Sarasota Army Air Field
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Citizens from Sarasota and Bradenton began work in 1939 to create a joint airport as two earlier unpaved Sarasota airports became obsolete. With development of the project by the Works progress . . . — Map (db m146085) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Sarasota County Courthouse
Side 1 On July 1, 1921, Sarasota County came into existence. Interest in breaking away from Manatee County had led to a series of public meetings the previous summer. Lack of good roads, inadequate representation in Tallahassee, and . . . — Map (db m146106) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Sarasota Terrace Hotel
Built by Charles Ringling in 1925 on the site of the number one green of the Old Gillespie Golf Course, this building was originally known as the Ringling Terrace Hotel. It later became known as the Sarasota Terrace Hotel. After passing through . . . — Map (db m146188) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Sarasota War Memorial/The Doughboy
Sarasota War Memorial The Sarasota War Memorial was commissioned by American Legion Bay Post 3o and designed by architect Clare C. Hosmer. On November 11, 1928, it was dedicated at the city’s Five Points intersection in a ceremony observing . . . — Map (db m148343) WM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Sarasota's Bayfront
Sarasota Bay and its downtown bayfront have long been considered the brightest jewels in Sarasota’s crown. In 1910 Bertha Palmer, who helped put Sarasota on the international map, proclaimed Sarasota Bay more beautiful than the Bay of Naples. . . . — Map (db m97141) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Sarasota's First Post Office
Near this spot was Sarasota's First Post Office established in the home and store of Charles E. Abbe, appointed postmaster August 16, 1878 — Map (db m146390) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Seaboard Railway Depot
On this site in 1903, the U.S. and West Indies Railroad and Steamship Company built a depot. This railroad, subsequently incorporated into the Seaboard Air Line Railway, provided great impetus to the town's turn-of-the-century progress. Trains . . . — Map (db m41350) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Siesta Public Beach
Side 1 This island has had various names. During the 1800s and early 1900s it was known as Little Sarasota Key and Sarasota Key. Common usage of the name Siesta, taken from a residential development at the islands north side, began . . . — Map (db m146239) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Smally, Donald J. P.E.Aug. 12, 1922 – April 14, 2012
Don Smally was instrumental to the restoration of Mable Ringling Fountain. The restoration was one of his of his many projects as a respected leader of Sarasota who championed its progress and preserved its heritage. In 1956 Don founded Smally, . . . — Map (db m148167) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — South Lido Park
Side 1 Otto Schmidt Zoldan, a pioneer, settled on the southern tip of this key and in 1904 applied for a homestead. His claim, granted in 1910, included much of the land which became South Lido Park. Once known as Sarasota Key, the . . . — Map (db m146367) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — St. Martha Mission Church
Beginning in 1889, circuit-riding Jesuit priests served the pastoral needs of Sarasota's small, but devoted Catholic community. In 1912, after years of meeting in various homes, the congregation built a small wooden mission church at Adelia and . . . — Map (db m97105) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Starless NightCircus Ring Of Fame
The incomparable Black American saddle bred mare, Starless Night, owned and trained by Capt. William Heyer, appeared in numerous circuses and other venues throughout her stellar career, including the Ed Sullivan Show. Always in demand and . . . — Map (db m147144) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Struppi HannefordCircus Ring Of Fame
In a 50-year circus career, she has appeared on the wire, presented a leopard act, presented tigers and lions, made two Ed Sullivan appearances and produced performances of the Royal Hanneford Circus. But, it was her marvelous solo trapeze act as . . . — Map (db m147252) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Sylvia ZerbiniCircus Ring of Fame
Growing up on her family’s circus, her love of animals and her admiration of her mother’s trapeze artistry led Sylvia to become an expert equine trainer and an outstanding aerialist. One of the first to attain superstardom in the 21st century, she . . . — Map (db m147554) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Terry Cavaretta & The Flying CavarettasCircus Ring of Fame
One of the greatest female flying trapezists, Terry began flying at the age of five, made her professional debut at eight and mastered the difficult triple somersault at the tender age of 13. As one of the Flying Cavarettas, she completed the triple . . . — Map (db m147512) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The BertinisCircus Ring of Fame
The Vallas, a Czechoslovakian family performing as the Bertinis, amazed audiences with their teeterboard, somersaulting and pyramid routines on the unicycle and the free-balancing, swinging split breakaway dive from the hanging perch. During the . . . — Map (db m147261) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Bobby Jones Legend
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Bobby Jones' name already was linked to Sarasota when he attended the dedication ceremony February 13, 1927, for Bobby Jones Municipal Course, which had opened the previous June. The course, 2-1/2 miles east of downtown, replaced one . . . — Map (db m136013) HM

Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Booker Schools
Side 1 Emma E. Booker, a pioneer Black educator was teaching in Sarasota's public school for Negro children in the 1910s. By 1918 she was principal of "Sarasota Grammar School" which held classes in rented halls. The Julius Rosenwald Fund helped . . . — Map (db m121010) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The CarrillosCircus Ring Of Fame
Originally from Columbia, the internationally acclaimed, duo-generational high-wire group was comprised at times of Pedro, Sr., Pedro, Jr, Tatjana Carrillo, Daniel and Luis Acosta and Luis E. Posso. Their repertoire included sliding down inclined . . . — Map (db m147086) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Circle at St. Armands
Decades after conception, St. Armands Circle has fulfilled John Ringling's dream of a premier shopping district. Conceived during Florida's real estate boom, St. Armands was part of the John Ringling Estates Development and the jewel of Ringling . . . — Map (db m97109) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Circus Ring of Fame
Honoring outstanding circus performers, owners and animal trainers Founded in 1986 by Larry Marthaler Executive Director Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau 1982-1998 Wagon wheel symbol designed by Artist Frank Hopper with research . . . — Map (db m147025) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Clarke FamilyCircus Ring of Fame
The Clarke Family arrived from England in 1903 to appear with Barnum and Bailey. Besides the family riding act, Ernest and Charles had a two-man flying act called the Clarkonians. Considered the greatest English aerialist, Ernest was the first . . . — Map (db m147178) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Cristiani FamilyCircus Ring of Fame
The Cristiani Family, six brothers and five sisters, presented one of the greatest equestrian or bareback riding acts ever seen in the circus. In addition to their thrilling feats of horsemanship they were gifted in a wide variety of circus . . . — Map (db m147196) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Del Moral Perch Act TroupeCircus Ring of Fame
True originators in the art of perch-pole balancing, their career spanned 30 years starting in the 1940’s. Original members from Mexico were Jorge del Moral, Manuel del Moral and Mavicha Pacheco-Atayde. Upon Mavicha’s retirement, Monty Kirklan . . . — Map (db m147353) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Derrick Rosaire FamilyThe Circus Ring of Fame
Patriarch of the versatile family that has trained and performed with a wide variety of animals, Derrick Rosaire has endeared himself to three generations of American audiences with his classic presentation of “Tony The Wonder Horse,” . . . — Map (db m147197) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Five Ringling BrothersCircus Ring Of Fame
Albert, Otto, Alfred, Charles and John. Beginning with a small wagon show they rose over the years to the peak of the circus world. Their crowning achievement came when they bought their chief rival – Barnum & Bailey. Upon combining it with . . . — Map (db m147044) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Flying EspanasCircus Ring Of Fame
Ramon Sr., Irene Gonzalez Espana, Ramon “Monchis” Espana Jr., Gladis Espana Anastasini, Carolina Espana Nock, Irene Espana, Noe Espana and Ivan Espana. Innovated by Ramon Espana Jr., The Flying Espanas debuted their legacy in1975 with . . . — Map (db m147137) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Flying PalaciosCircus Ring Of Fame
For over 40 years they thrilled audiences with their sensational performances on the flying trapeze. Originating the act in Mexico in 1940, brothers Jose, Lalo and Raul and sister Irma burst on the American scene with Ringling Bros. in 1952. For . . . — Map (db m147053) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The FredoniasCircus Ring of Fame
Famous as Risley Performers, this family dates their act to Germany in the 1930s. Following dates with the Bertram Mills at the Olympia in London 1950-51, they came to RBBB, being featured in the movie The Greatest Show On Earth. From ’57 . . . — Map (db m147111) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Hanneford FamilyCircus Ring Of Fame
In the history of equestrian performing arts, the bareback riding Hannefords have long been pre-eminent. They began performing some 300 years ago in their native Ireland. Succeeding generations of the family have carried on the Hanneford . . . — Map (db m147079) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The King Charles TroupeCircus Ring Of Fame
The King Charles Troupe, a group of young men and women originally from the South Bronx, New York, play an unbelievable game of high energy basketball on unicycles. In 1958, Jerry King founded the troupe with the support of his wife, Alma, as a . . . — Map (db m147085) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Little White Church at Bee Ridge
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In 1915, Bee Ridge, then part of Manatee County, supported a train station, post office, hotel, general store, and school. A second wave of settlers who moved into Bee Ridge desired a church in their community. In January, 1917, the . . . — Map (db m135978) HM

Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Loyal-Repensky TroupeCircus Ring Of Fame
Was hailed as the “Greatest Equestrian Act Ever Presented In The Ringling Circus.” Their most spectacular stunt came when the troupe mounted five horses to form a galloping pyramid of five sisters and two brothers. Although all were . . . — Map (db m147043) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Nelson FamilyCircus Ring Of Fame
Arthur Sara Warren, Six Daughters and one son were outstanding acrobats noted for their “Risley Act” and performed with the major circuses of the time, four members of the family married circus performers whose skills have been passed . . . — Map (db m147194) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Nerveless NocksCircus Ring of Fame
Their circus roots date back to 1840 in their native Switzerland where the family owned a circus. They first thrilled American audiences with their daring swaypole routine in 1954. Since then, they have thrilled millions worldwide. Their troupe, . . . — Map (db m147675) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The PedrolasCircus Ring of Fame
Following the 2nd World War, Rudolf Mootz, his wife Gerda, his brothers Peter and Wilhelm, along with Beppo Wallenda formed the Wallenda/Mootz Highwire Troupe, performing in Europe. After disbanding that group, Rudolf and Gerda, along with . . . — Map (db m147163) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Stephenson FamilyCircus Ring Of Fame
During the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s this English family’s highly charged dog act became one of the most popular attractions ever to command center ring on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. In addition to Lucy, the family’s matriarch, the act . . . — Map (db m147502) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The TheronsCircus Ring of Fame
High energy bicycling French family, they were the first European act brought to the U.S. by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey after World War II. The fast pace of their act, their acrobatic tricks, flashy costumes and comedy antics of Mauris . . . — Map (db m147362) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Three Atayde BrothersCircus Ring of Fame
Having assumed ownership in 1975 of the then 87-year-old Circo Atayde Hermanos, Andres, Alberto and Alfredo have perpetuated the legacy of this cherished Mexican institution while diligently maintaining its standing as one of the preeminent . . . — Map (db m147448) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Twin Motel and Tourism
Tourism has long been important to Sarasota's history and economy. Winter visitors began coming to the area in the 1880s with some staying in Sarasota's first hotel, The DeSoto Hotel, which was completed in 1887. Tourism increased in the 1920s as . . . — Map (db m97082) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Wallenda TroupeCircus Ring Of Fame
The Wallenda Troupe headed by the great Karl Wallenda, presented the most thrilling of all highwire acts – a human pyramid of seven performers balanced on a slender cable 40 feet in the air. This and other spectacular feats by the troupe . . . — Map (db m147068) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Wallendas
The Wallenda circus troupe originated in Germany, where its members developed a daring highwire act. Early in their careers they achieved some fame touring with different circuses in Europe, but Karl Wallenda became convinced that circus . . . — Map (db m92848) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The Yong BrothersCircus Ring Of Fame
Few if any have ever matched the equilibristic talents of John and Walter Yong. In their most astounding feat, John performed a free handstand, balancing only on his head, unaided by his hands, while Walter simultaneously executed his own free . . . — Map (db m147074) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — The ZacchinisCircus Ring of Fame
The 7 Zacchini Brothers perfected the single and double human cannon ball act which made its debut with the Ringling Circus in 1929. This spectacular act set a record when the Zacchini Cannon propelled a human bullet through the air at a height of . . . — Map (db m147664) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Tim HolstCircus Ring of Fame
Tim Holst joined the Greatest Show on Earth in 1972 as a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College graduate, he eventually became the 21st Ringmaster in Ringling Bros. history and then went on to be performance director for the Red Unit. . . . — Map (db m147371) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Tino Wallenda-ZoppeCircus Ring of Fame
From his successful re-creation with class of seven-person pyramid that had tragically collapsed on the highwire 36 years earlier, to his spectacular skywalks and the winning of the Silver Clown Award at Monte Carlo he has become one of the . . . — Map (db m147488) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Tito Gaona and FamilyCircus Ring of Fame
In his execution of the triple somersault on the flying trapeze, he has few peers. His charismatic style, grace and beauty being compared to that of the legendary Alfredo Codona. With his father, Victor, as catcher, Tito, his sister Chela, and . . . — Map (db m147195) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Tony SteeleCircus Ring of Fame
In the second half of the 20th century he was in the top rank of the world’s flying trapeze elite. During a flying career that began at age 15 and has continued well into his 70’s he was the first in history to complete such tricks as the Double . . . — Map (db m147451) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Unconditional Surrender
The profound joy portrayed in this sculpture was prompted by the spontaneous surrender of the Japanese, thus ending World War II on August 14, 1945. Among the celebrants in Times Square in New York City were a United States sailor and a nurse . . . — Map (db m146090) HM WM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Ursula Boettcher and AlaskaCircus Ring Of Fame
Ursula is remembered and revered for her incredible, stunning performances with a ring full of the world’s most magnificent animals, polar bears. Her diminutive size at 5’1”, paired with the enormity of these gigantic creatures, thrilled . . . — Map (db m147110) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Victoria Unus "La Toria"Circus Ring Of Fame
A remarkable combination of showmanship, endurance, grace and beauty, with the one arm giant swing, made "La Toria" an acknowledged superstar, who remained high above the center ring for her entire performing career. Victoria’s incredible . . . — Map (db m147246) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Ward HallCircus Ring of Fame
Lured by the siren call of the circus, he joined Dailey Bros. at age 15, thereby embarking on a notable six-decade career in which he has enthralled, mystified, educated and seduced millions of circus- and fair-goers who were drawn to his bally . . . — Map (db m147449) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Ward-Bell FlyersCircus Ring of Fame
The brainchild of Harold Ward and Gus Bell, it became one of the most acclaimed flying return acts of its day. At its peak in the 1950s, it included nine members performing three abreast on triple wide rigging. In a demonstration of high . . . — Map (db m147259) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Whitaker Cemetery
Whitaker Cemetery 1232 12th Street The Oldest Cemetery In Sarasota First Internment 1879 Maintained By The Sara De Soto Chapter, NSDAR Historically Designated January 20, 2004 By The City Of Sarasota, . . . — Map (db m148169) HM
Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Whitaker Family/Gateway 2000 Executive Committee
Whitaker Family William Henry Whitaker arrived in Sarasota Bay in the early 1840s. He built a cedar log cabin at “Yellow Bluffs,” part of nearly 200 acres he would acquire along the bay between Hog Creek and today’s Indian Beach . . . — Map (db m97093) HM

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May. 27, 2020