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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Charlotte County, Florida

 
Clickable Map of Charlotte County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Charlotte County, FL (34) DeSoto County, FL (12) Glades County, FL (3) Hendry County, FL (4) Highlands County, FL (8) Lee County, FL (85) Sarasota County, FL (248)  CharlotteCounty(34) Charlotte County (34)  DeSotoCounty(12) DeSoto County (12)  GladesCounty(3) Glades County (3)  HendryCounty(4) Hendry County (4)  HighlandsCounty(8) Highlands County (8)  LeeCounty(85) Lee County (85)  SarasotaCounty(248) Sarasota County (248)
Punta Gorda is the county seat for Charlotte County
Adjacent to Charlotte County, Florida
      DeSoto County (12)  
      Glades County (3)  
      Hendry County (4)  
      Highlands County (8)  
      Lee County (85)  
      Sarasota County (248)  
 
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1Florida, Charlotte County, Charlotte Harbor — Charlotte Harbor Cemetery
On Church Street just south of Harper Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
Established in 1879, Charlotte Harbor Cemetery is the oldest known cemetery in Charlotte County and the final resting place of many local pioneers who braved a subtropical wilderness and Civil War reconstruction to build a settlement on the . . . Map (db m101018) HM
2Florida, Charlotte County, Charlotte Harbor — Hickory Bluff Cemetery
On Rowland Drive, 0.1 miles north of Harbor View Road, on the left when traveling north.
The Hickory Bluff Cemetery was established in the late 1800s, adjacent to land purchased on June 2, 1884 by July Roberts, an early African-American settler. Initial burials began following the Civil War when freed African-Americans settled in the . . . Map (db m128325) HM
3Florida, Charlotte County, Charlotte Harbor — Hickory Bluff Pioneers
Near Melbourne Street at Scenic Avenue.
After the Civil War (1861-1865), soldiers stationed in Florida decided to stay for the warm climate as well as for political and financial gain. Some became early pioneers here in Hickory Bluff, not far from the 1872 Charlotte Harbor post office. . . . Map (db m101021) HM
4Florida, Charlotte County, Charlotte Harbor — Trinity United Methodist Church
On Seneca Avenue at Parmely Street, on the right when traveling north on Seneca Avenue.
A congregation has met at Trinity United Methodist Church continuously since 1873. The first church organized in today's Charlotte County, its members have been an integral part of our history. Joel and Jesse Knight, James McKay and Jacob Summerlin . . . Map (db m101019) HM
5Florida, Charlotte County, El Jobean — Myakka River Civil War Skirmish
On Kerrigan Circle, 0.1 miles west of El Jobean Road (Florida Route 776), on the left when traveling south.
During the American Civil War in late 1863, Union forces and "refugee rangers" encountered local combatants in a brief skirmish on the eastern shore of the Myakka River near today's El Jobean. It is the only recorded Civil War skirmish within the . . . Map (db m151053) HM
6Florida, Charlotte County, Englewood — Bass Biological Labs/Cookie House
On New Point Comfort Road, 0.1 miles south of South McCall Road (Florida Route 776), on the right when traveling south.
The Bass Biological Laboratory and Zoological Research Supply Facility Company was established on this site c. 1931 by John Foster Bass, Jr. (1897-1939) and his wife Else Bass (1898-1973). As the first full-time marine station on the Florida . . . Map (db m151045) HM
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7Florida, Charlotte County, Englewood — The Cookie House
Near Placida Road (County Route 775) 0.3 miles south of Health Drive, on the right when traveling south.
The unique "Cookie House" was built c. 1931 by John Foster Bass, Jr. (1897-1939) founder of the Bass Biological Laboratory and Zoological Research Supply Company, to serve as his personal office and laboratory near the Bass home on New Point Comfort . . . Map (db m151050) HM
8Florida, Charlotte County, Port Charlotte — Hickory Bluff Mound
Near Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) 0.1 miles south of County Route 776A.
In 1905, Clarence Bloomfield Moore (1852-1936), a wealthy, amateur archaeologist from Philadelphia excavated a mound located on the northern bank of the Peace River about one half mile north of this site. Moore found the sand burial mound containing . . . Map (db m152615) HM
9Florida, Charlotte County, Port Charlotte — Murdock
Near Murdock Circle, 0.1 miles south of Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41).
Inspired by the completion of the Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railroad (CH&N) in 1907, land speculator John Milton Murdock (1867-1925) platted the village of Murdock in 1914. Located at the southwest intersection of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) and the . . . Map (db m152660) HM
10Florida, Charlotte County, Port Charlotte — Placida Bunk House
Near Gasparilla Road (County Route 771) 0.1 miles south of South McCall Road (Florida Route 776).
The Placida Bunk House was built about 1907 by the Charlotte Harbor & Northern Railroad to house their employees. The line was laid to transport phosphate to docks at South Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island. Several families called the building home, . . . Map (db m152668) HM
11Florida, Charlotte County, Port Charlotte — Southland Trail Cemetery
On McClellan Avenue, 0.1 miles north of Black Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
The Southland Trail Cemetery, believed to be a non-white cemetery, serves as the final resting place for an undisclosed number of leased convict laborers, blacks and possibly 18th century Spanish-Indian fishermen. The age of the cemetery is unknown; . . . Map (db m151056) HM
12Florida, Charlotte County, Port Charlotte — Town of McCall
Near Gasparilla Road (County Route 771) 0.1 miles south of South McCall Road (Florida Route 776).
In 1905, the Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railroad (CH&N) built a depot and section house along its rail line from the phosphate mines at Mulberry to the port of Boca Grande. The CH&N Railroad platted the town of McCall in 1909 and named it for . . . Map (db m152664) HM
13Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — F-109 — Albert Waller Gilchrist(1858-1926)
On West Marion Avenue at Harvey Street, on the left when traveling north on West Marion Avenue.
A founder of Punta Gorda, he was a resident until his death. Served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives in 1893, 1895, 1903 and was House Speaker in 1905. He resigned as Brig. Gen. of the Florida Militia and enlisted as a Private in . . . Map (db m167300) HM
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14Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Charlotte County Courthouse
On Taylor Street at Olympia Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Taylor Street.
Charlotte County was created in 1921, after citizens had pushed for 34 years to divide DeSoto County, and Punta Gorda was the new county seat. After meeting in rented quarters, the Board of County Commissioners voted in 1927 to plan a new building . . . Map (db m189589) HM
15Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — F-690 — Charlotte High School
On Cooper Street at East McKenzie Street, on the right when traveling north on Cooper Street.
Originally named the Punta Gorda High School, this building was the first dedicated high school for the newly created Charlotte County (1921), replacing the previous 1907 Punta Gorda Grammar and High School. Construction of the school began in 1926 . . . Map (db m167355) WM
16Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — F-112 — City of Punta Gorda
On West Marion Avenue at Goldstein Street, on the left when traveling north on West Marion Avenue.
Spanish fishermen from Cuba first gave the name "Punta Gorda" to this area in the early 1800's. The City was originally platted as "Trabue" by Isaac H. Trabue on February 24, 1885. The City of Punta Gorda came into being when a group of men met in a . . . Map (db m167299) HM
17Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — F-552 — Columbus G. McLeod - Protector of Plumed Birds
On Ponce de Leon Parkway, 0.5 miles south of North Marion Court, on the right when traveling south.
Many wading birds can be seen here, largely due to the sacrifice of men like Columbus G. McLeod (1848-1908), who gave his life trying to protect them from plume hunters. Ladies' hats with exotic bird feathers were high fashion for the late 1800's, . . . Map (db m167589) HM
18Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Discoveries of Juan Ponce de LeonMarch 3, 1513 to October 19, 1513
On Ponce De Leon Parkway, 0.5 miles south of North Marion Court, on the left when traveling south. Reported permanently removed.
April 2 - Discovery of "La Florida" April 20 - Punta de Arracifes (Cape Kennedy) April 21 - The Gulf Stream currents May 8 - Cabo de Corrientes (Palm Beach) May 13 - Bahia Chequescha (Biscayne Bay) May 15 - Los Martires (The Florida Keys) . . . Map (db m167681) HM
19Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — First Punta Gorda Home Site
On West Retta Esplanade at Harvey Street, on the left when traveling north on West Retta Esplanade.
On June 22, 1876, James A. Lockhart and his wife Josephine chose this location to build their new home, which was described as the lowest location in the area, near the only pine trees on the clearing and adjacent to a shell mound. The couple camped . . . Map (db m167303) HM
20Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — First White Man Dies in AmericaBahia del Espiritu Santo-1513
On Ponce de Leon Parkway, 0.9 miles west of Colony Point Drive, on the right when traveling south.
On this day, May 24, ships were sent to seek a mainland colony site and to sound and chart the newly found “Bay of the Holy Spirit” (Charlotte Harbor). For three weeks explorations continued, seldom by land. There were at least three . . . Map (db m95500) HM
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21Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — F-639 — Hector House Plaza: The Founding of Punta Gorda
On Taylor Street at Olympia Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Taylor Street.
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 . . . Map (db m167271) HM
22Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Howard Homestead/Solana Plat
On Howard Street at Shore Drive, on the left when traveling north on Howard Street.
Frederick William Howard of Kinderhook, New York, first settled near this site in November 1873. After their marriage, Frederick and his wife Anna established residence here in January 1874, along with their two nephews. Frederick hired men and an . . . Map (db m167522) HM
23Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Indian Spring Cemetery
On Indian Springs Cemetery Road at Ferncroft Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Indian Springs Cemetery Road.
Indian Spring Cemetery, also called Indian Springs, was created in 1886 on land donated by James L. Sandlin (1858-1903), who settled on Alligator Creek in 1884. Additions were recorded in 1891, 1931, 1974 and 1975. The name "Indian Spring" came from . . . Map (db m189588) HM
24Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Juan Ponce de Leon
Near Ponce de Leon Parkway, 0.9 miles west of Colony Point Drive, on the right when traveling south.
Born - San Tierra de Campos, Palencia, Spain - 1460 Died - Havana, Cuba - (probably Mid-June) - 1522 Interred - Entombment beneath the high altar of the Dominican Cathedral of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Epitaph to Ponce de Leon "Beneath . . . Map (db m95486) HM
25Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Lt. Carl A. Bailey Cemetery
On Scott Avenue just north of Duncan Road (U.S. 17), on the left when traveling north.
Lt. Carl Bailey Cemetery has served this area’s African-American community as a final resting place for over 120 years. The cemetery was called the Cleveland Cemetery, established in the 1880s on land owned by New York investor W. Irving Scott. The . . . Map (db m151119) HM
26Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Mound Cities By the Sea
On Ponce De Leon Parkway, 0.6 miles south of North Marion Court when traveling south. Reported missing.
In Charlotte Harbor Ponce de Leon came upon an urban Indian culture over 200 years old! The Caloosas were "City dwellers" whose sea-oriented high, dry, airy rectangular dwelling mounds made pleasant and secure homesites. Skillful engineers, the . . . Map (db m167684) HM
27Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — F-53 — Ponce de Leon at Charlotte Harbor
On Ponce de Leon Parkway, 0.6 miles south of North Marion Court, on the left when traveling south. Reported permanently removed.
On his first voyage to Florida in 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon spent several weeks at or near the mouth of Charlotte Harbor. When attacked by Indians he returned to Puerto Rico. In 1521, Ponce de Leon, with two shiploads of colonists, returned to . . . Map (db m167594) HM
28Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Ponce de Leon Historical ParkDedicated to America's First Colony
On Ponce de Leon Parkway, 0.5 miles south of North Marion Court, on the right when traveling south. Reported missing.
The first European settlement in what is now the United States was established on the shores of Charlotte Harbor by explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and a band of more than 200 soldiers, priests, farmers, artisans and monks. The colony lasted for about . . . Map (db m167676) HM
29Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Punta Gorda Army Air Field World War II
Near Airport Road, 0.3 miles east of Piper Road, on the right when traveling north.
In May 1942, the Army Air Corps chose this site for the Punta Gorda Army Air Field (PGAAF). Construction began that October at a project cost of $700,000. The Army Air Corps activated PGAAF on December 11, 1943 with a mission to train pilots . . . Map (db m146927) HM
30Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — F-608 — Punta Gorda Railroad Depot
On Taylor Road at Carmalita Street, on the right when traveling south on Taylor Road.
Plans to build the railroad depot in Punta Gorda began in 1928. Although the trains carried passengers, the main purpose was for shipping fish to northern markets. The Punta Gorda depot is the only remaining one of this style built by the Atlantic . . . Map (db m167353) HM
31Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Site of Hotel Punta Gorda
On W Marion Ave at Taylor St, on the right when traveling west on W Marion Ave.
Hotel Punta Gorda, one the first buildings of any kind constructed in Punta Gorda, opened in January 1888 and served over 3300 guests within its first season. The three story building contained 150 rooms, all with a view of the waters of Charlotte . . . Map (db m32408) HM
32Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — F-114 — Southernmost Railroad Terminal
On West Marion Avenue, 0.1 miles west of Bal Harbor Boulevard, on the right when traveling west.
On this site, in 1887, ended the southernmost railroad trackage in the U.S. Florida Southern Railway's narrow-gauge tracks ran out on a 4,000 foot "Long Dock," where connections were made to New Orleans, Key West, and Havana steamers of the Morgan . . . Map (db m167520) HM
33Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — The Description and Naming of Florida
On Ponce de Leon Parkway, 0.6 miles south of North Marion Court, in the median.
"And believing that this land was an island, they named it La Florida, because it had a very beautiful view of many and cool woodlands, and because, moreover, they discovered it in the time of the Feast of the Flowers (Pascua Florida) Juan Ponce . . . Map (db m167588) HM
34Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — The Punta Gorda Bank
On Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) just north of West Marion Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
The Punta Gorda Bank was operating by June 1894 as a branch of the State Bank of Fort Meade. It was chartered by the state as a separate bank in July 1899, with a capital of $15,000 and Perry Wadsworth McAdow as president. McAdow had earned a . . . Map (db m167301) HM
 
 
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Jan. 27, 2023