Georgia native, adopted son of Florida, U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, U. of Miami graduate, attorney, founder of the Florida Nature Conservancy, member of Tropical Audubon, South Florida Orchid Society and self-trained field biologist, he . . . — — Map (db m169197) HM
Everglades National Park is known for stunning wildlife viewing and it unique mix of temperature and topical plants and animals. Its diverse habitat are a refuge for many endangered species. Take time to discover this subtle landscape by walking . . . — — Map (db m106246) HM
The first permanent white settlers arrived in this region in the late 19th century. A community dependent on hunting, fishing, and farming soon emerged. The land upon which Everglades City now stands was acquired in 1921-22 by Barron Collier, a . . . — — Map (db m90092) HM
This building was completed by April 1940 on land donated in May 1939 by the estate of Barron Gift Collier, founder of the county which bears his name and its largest landholder. The congregation at that time was Presbyterian, officially established . . . — — Map (db m90290) HM
This building was completed in 1928 to be the first seat of government for Collier County which was founded in 1923 by entrepreneur and landowner Barron Gift Collier. The Town of Everglades was also headquarters for the building of the Tamiami . . . — — Map (db m90095) HM
The Ochopee area was founded in 1928 as a tomato farming community and included a prosperous town of homes, packing house, and a general store with Post Office (established in 1932).
This building was originally a cattle barn and then became a . . . — — Map (db m184177) HM
The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) ran between Immokalee (40 miles north) and Everglades from 1928 to 1956. It carried passengers as well as freight and was an important link for the tomato farms in the area.
The station, in typical . . . — — Map (db m190702) HM
This site was the home of William Smith Allen who settled here in the 1870s. He sold the property to George Storter, Jr., in 1889 and it was expanded to include a Post Office, trading post, and warehouses for the thriving sugar cane syrup trade. . . . — — Map (db m190547) HM
The Tamiami Trail links the two great cities for which it was named -- Tampa and Miami. It bridges the Everglades, tying together south Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Its official opening on April 28, 1926, by Governor John W. Martin . . . — — Map (db m115634) HM
Hours: April to November 9:00-4:4:30
November to April 8:00 -4:30
Come upstairs to the National Park visitor center for information, park maps, exhibits, videos and more!
The Tamiami Trail
Things to see and do (From West to . . . — — Map (db m106245) HM
How the Bay City Walking Dredge No. 489 was saved
Bay City Walking Dredge No. 489 was built in Bay City, Michigan in May, 1924 and was shipped to W.R. Wallace & Co. of Fort Myers, Florida. The dredge was later sold to Alexander, Ramsey . . . — — Map (db m195018) HM
Once, occupied by the Caloosa Indians and the Spanish, it was the last refuge of the Seminoles. The region is drained in a north-south direction by creeks, rivers, sloughs and swamps. Abounding in wildlife, trees, plants, shrubs and flowers, most of . . . — — Map (db m194947) HM
This "Back Bay" area was settled in 1915. As Naples' first sheltered mooring, it became the community center for the pioneers building the Tamiami Trail as well as the fishing industry. The first pharmacy, the first newspaper, and all the important . . . — — Map (db m127760) HM
In plan view, the dredge machinery is mounted on a rectangular frame with the boom and dipper attached at the center of the "front” edge (Fig. 3). The dredge normally rests on four skid-like shoes, one at each corner of the frame each shoe is . . . — — Map (db m194950) HM
William Dutcher was the first president of the National Association of Audubon Societies, appointed in 1905. He helped shape the organization and worked tirelessly for bird protection. He was instrumental in establishing the Audubon warden program . . . — — Map (db m164918) HM
The Baker-Curry tree is named for two individuals whose unlikely partnership saved Corkscrew and established it as an Audubon Sanctuary. It started with passionate citizens who came together to stop the logging of the last remaining old-growth bald . . . — — Map (db m164919) HM
Aldo Leopold is considered the father of the modern conservation ethic. He lamented the toll wrought on the landscape in the name of material progress, and the ever widening disconnect between society and land. Where John Muir was inspired by . . . — — Map (db m164909) HM
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States (1901-1909) is known as the "conservationist president" for creating the Division of Forestry and protecting 230 million acres of federal land. He was a member of Florida Audubon during . . . — — Map (db m164912) HM
Guy Bradley is one of the heroes of Audubon and one of the most colorful characters of its history. He was the first warden to be deputized by Audubon, a strange fact due to his passion for hunting birds for their valuable, fashionable plumes. When . . . — — Map (db m164913) HM
The Rhett Green tree is an iconic, massive individual, rugged like its namesake. It has withstood the test of time. In 1912, Rhett Green was hired as an Audubon warden to protect plume bearing birds such as egrets, herons and roseate spoonbills . . . — — Map (db m164914) HM
In the early 1800s, the Seminole tribe sought and found refuge deep in the bald cypress forests of Southwest Florida during the Seminole Wars. This tree bears the Seminole name for big cypress, Asteenahoofa. It is straight, solid and free of . . . — — Map (db m164916) HM
In grateful appreciation to
Lester J. and Dellora A. Norris
Acquisition of this park was made possible when Lester J. and Dellora A. Norris arranged the purchase of the land on April 24, 1964, through their St. Charles, . . . — — Map (db m15877) HM
This walking dredge, built by the Bay City (Michigan) Dredge Works, is the earliest known survivor of its type. Designed for use over swampy terrain where wheeled or tracked vehicles would bog down the machine’s weight was distributed over shoes. To . . . — — Map (db m195057) HM
Opened in 1931, Rosemary Cemetery was originally established on twenty acres of land given by Edward W. Crayton, a prominent Naples citizen and president of the Naples Improvement Company. It served as the town's only cemetery until 1955. The graves . . . — — Map (db m15878) HM
Built as the park caretaker’s residence about 1940. County Commissioner D. Graham Copeland managed Barron Collier's businesses and surveyed Collier County. He located the sites of several Seminole war forts, old trails, and Seminole villages. As . . . — — Map (db m194878) HM
The Naples Canal was a monumental prehistoric construction achievement. It was 4,150 feet long (0.8 miles) and bisected an area between the Gulf of Mexico and Naples Bay. The Naples Canal was dug perhaps as early as A.D. 200 by local American . . . — — Map (db m127697) HM
Built in 1926, by the Seaboard Airline, the Naples Depot welcomed Naples' first passenger train in 1927. Services continued until 1971. Shortly thereafter the Tamiami Trail was completed. These two important infrastructures successfully opened . . . — — Map (db m127761) HM
The Naples Depot, which was completed in 1927, is one of the oldest remaining structures in the City of Naples. The Depot was built to serve as the Seaboard Air Line Railway's southern-most west coast terminal. The coming of railroads to Naples and . . . — — Map (db m127698) HM
Built in 1888 as a freight and passenger dock, the Naples Pier stands as a community landmark. Narrow gauge train rails spanning the length of the pier transported freight and baggage in the early 1900’s. Part of the structure as well as the post . . . — — Map (db m92802) HM
”We have to save the swamp a hundred times but we only get to lose it once.” In the 1930’s lumbermen began logging bald cypress trees because the trunks were knot-free and the wood was highly resistant to rot. Lumber . . . — — Map (db m164799) HM
The first highway from Tampa to Miami, called the Tamiami Trail, was built in the 1920's. The "walking dredge” was a piece of specialized equipment used to dig a canal, which provided
rock fill for the roadbed and drainage for the completed road. . . . — — Map (db m194927) HM
This Bay City Walking Dredge
in charge of
Earl W. Ivey
working 18 hours daily constructed that portion of the Tamiami Trail beginning at Black Water River and extending northwesterly 10 miles to Belle Meade Crossing and . . . — — Map (db m195061) HM
Tin City's legacy began in the 1920's when Henry Espenlaub, brother-in-law of Ed Frank (Swamp Buggy Creator), leased his property to pioneering commercial fishing families. They constructed docks and tin roofed buildings to serve fishing fleets and . . . — — Map (db m90088) HM
Bald cypress, the swamp and wood storks make this National Audubon Society sanctuary unique. The source of storks Wood storks come to Corkscrew Swamp during the dry months of winter and early spring. Here, in greater numbers than anywhere . . . — — Map (db m164800) HM
On February 22, 1936, this pine hammock was the site of a conference attended by about 275 Seminoles and several representatives of state and local governments. Florida's New Deal governor, David W. Sholtz (1933-37), had aided the state's economic . . . — — Map (db m190699) HM
Imagine alligator relatives dating back to the days of dinosaurs, over 150 million years ago. Gators today still look similar to their 50 foot long relatives. Present day American alligators can grow to over 15 feet and many weigh up to 1,000 . . . — — Map (db m106227) HM
Rain-the Swamp's Lifeblood
Nearly 55 inches of rain falls here annually-drenching Big Cypress National Preserve during the summer wet season.
The fresh water flowing through the national preserve replenishes the local aquifer and sustains . . . — — Map (db m106230) HM
The watery areas of Big Cypress National Preserve attract colorful flocks of long-legged wading birds that sweep across the shallow wetlands stalking their prey, while other waterbirds dive below the surface to search for food.
Anhingas . . . — — Map (db m106235) HM
Invasive species are destructive or aggressive plants and animals that greatly alter the natural balance of native area. They out compete native species for resources and reduce biodiversity.
Invasives are extremely expensive to eradicate and . . . — — Map (db m106233) HM
Things to see
Cypress trees sprout curious
Appendages called knees. They are believed to help stabilize the parent tree in swamp environments.
The solitary Florida panther ranges throughout a wide . . . — — Map (db m106231)
Considered to be the smallest post office in the United States, this building was formerly an irrigation pipe shed belonging to the J. T. Gaunt Company tomato farm. It was hurriedly pressed into service by postmaster Sidney Brown after a disastrous . . . — — Map (db m90091) HM
The watery forest was born from a slow-moving creek whose waters rise and fall year after year, flooding the shallow banks and then withdrawing.
Here brown waters reflect the tall trees, Spanish-moss and clouds in the sky. Alligators, birds and . . . — — Map (db m100647)
Wildlife & You How you behave can save The thrill of watching an animal in it native surroundings can be spectacular and awe inspiring. The memories made while experiencing such events can last a lifetime, and so can your actions.While visiting . . . — — Map (db m106229)