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Historical Markers in Collier County, Florida

Clickable Map of Collier County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Collier County, FL (48) Broward County, FL (58) Hendry County, FL (4) Lee County, FL (85) Miami-Dade County, FL (191) Monroe County, FL (88)  CollierCounty(48) Collier County (48)  BrowardCounty(58) Broward County (58)  HendryCounty(4) Hendry County (4)  LeeCounty(85) Lee County (85)  Miami-DadeCounty(191) Miami-Dade County (191)  MonroeCounty(88) Monroe County (88)
East Naples is the county seat for Collier County
Adjacent to Collier County, Florida
      Broward County (58)  
      Hendry County (4)  
      Lee County (85)  
      Miami-Dade County (191)  
      Monroe County (88)  
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1Florida, Collier County, Copeland — "Father of the Fahkahatchee"Mel Finn — 1916-1971 —
On Coast Line Drive just east of Janes Memorial Scenic Drive.
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
2Florida, Collier County, Everglade City — Everglades National Park
On Oyster Bar Lane.
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
3Florida, Collier County, Everglade City — F-269 — Old Laundry Building - Everglades Women's Club
On Broadway Avenue West at Storter Avenue South, on the right when traveling east on Broadway Avenue West.
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
4Florida, Collier County, Everglades — F-649 — Everglades Community ChurchEstablished 1926
On Copeland Avenue South at Broadway Street East, on the right when traveling north on Copeland Avenue South.
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
5Florida, Collier County, Everglades — Old Collier County Courthouse
On Copeland Avenue North at Broadway Avenue East, on the right when traveling north on Copeland Avenue North.
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
6Florida, Collier County, Everglades City — Barron G. Collier
On Broadway Avenue East, on the right when traveling west.
Barron G. Collier Founder of Collier County Admired for talents Esteemed for vision Beloved for kindness Whom the nation owes the Tamiami Trail Erected by Board Commissioners Collier County To commemorate opening of the Tamiami . . . Map (db m213651) HM
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7Florida, Collier County, Everglades City — Broadway
On Broadway Avenue East west of Allen Avenue, in the median.
This pleasant 4-lane avenue was laid out in 1923. An electric streetcar ran from Dupont down Copeland Avenue and then along Broadway to the river. The median had a goldfish pond and dish were replaces frequently after the raccoons feasted on . . . Map (db m213485) HM
8Florida, Collier County, Everglades City — Hurricane Wilma
On Copeland Avenue at Broadway Avenue East, on the right when traveling north on Copeland Avenue.
Monday, October 24, 2005 In the hours before dawn Hurricane Wilma made landfall just a few miles Northwest of Everglades City at Cape Romano. Leaving Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as a Category I storm, she moved into Southwest Florida as a . . . Map (db m213650) HM
9Florida, Collier County, Everglades City — Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe
Near Tamiami Trail East (U.S. 41) west of Bass Lake Road, on the right when traveling west.
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
10Florida, Collier County, Everglades City — Old Railway Depot
On Collier Avenue (County Route 29) at East Broadway Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Collier Avenue.
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
11Florida, Collier County, Everglades City — Rod & Gun Club
On Hibiscus Street West north of West Broadway Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
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
12Florida, Collier County, Everglades City — Tamiami Trail
On U.S. 41 at County Road 29 on U.S. 41. Reported damaged.
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
13Florida, Collier County, Everglades City — Welcome To the Gulf Coast Visitor CenterEverglades
On 815 Oyster Bar Lane.
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! Along The Tamiami Trail Things to see and do (From West to . . . Map (db m106245) HM
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14Florida, Collier County, Naples — Bay City Walking Dredge No. 489
Near Tamiami Trail East (U.S. 41) near San Marco Road (County Route 92), on the right when traveling south.
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
15Florida, Collier County, Naples — F-87 — Big Cypress Swamp
Near Tamiami Trail East (U.S. 41) just south of San Marco Road (County Route 92), on the right when traveling south.
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
16Florida, Collier County, Naples — Crayton Cove
On 12th Avenue South at 8th Street South, in the median on 12th Avenue South.
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
17Florida, Collier County, Naples — How the Dredge Walks
Near Tamiami Trail East (U.S. 41) south of San Marco Road (County Route 92), on the right when traveling south.
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
18Florida, Collier County, Naples — Landmark Cypress № 10 — "Dutcher"Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Near Sanctuary Road West at Rookery Lane.
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
19Florida, Collier County, Naples — Landmark Cypress № 12 — "Baker-Curry"Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Near Sanctuary Road West at Rookery Lane.
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
20Florida, Collier County, Naples — Landmark Cypress № 3 — "Leopold"Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Near Sanctuary Road West at Rookery Lane.
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
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21Florida, Collier County, Naples — Landmark Cypress № 4 — "Roosevelt"Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Near Sanctuary Road West at Rookery Lane.
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
22Florida, Collier County, Naples — Landmark Cypress № 6 — "Guy Bradley"Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Near Sanctuary Road West at Rookery Lane.
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
23Florida, Collier County, Naples — Landmark Cypress № 7 — "Rhett Green"Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Near Sanctuary Road West at Rookery Lane.
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
24Florida, Collier County, Naples — Landmark Cypress № 8 — "Asteenahoofa"Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Near Sanctuary Road West at Rookery Lane.
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
25Florida, Collier County, Naples — Lester J. and Dellora A. Norris
Near Gulf Shore Drive at Bluebill Avenue, in the median.
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
26Florida, Collier County, Naples — National Historic Mechanical Engineering LandmarkBay City Walking Dredge — 1924 —
Near Tamiami Trail East (U.S. 41) south of San Marco Road (County Route 92), on the right when traveling south.
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
27Florida, Collier County, Naples — Rosemary Cemetery
On Pine Ridge Road at Tamiami Trail North (U.S. 41), on the right when traveling east on Pine Ridge Road.
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
28Florida, Collier County, Naples — The Blockhouse
Near Unnamed trail west of Tamiami Trail East (Route 41), on the left when traveling west.
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
29Florida, Collier County, Naples — F-791 — The Naples Canal
On 8th Street South at 12th Avenue South on 8th Street South.
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
30Florida, Collier County, Naples — The Naples Depot
On 5th Avenue South (U.S. 41) at 10th Street South, on the right when traveling west on 5th Avenue South.
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
31Florida, Collier County, Naples — F-268 — The Naples Depot
On 5th Avenue South (U.S. 41) at 10th Street South, on the right when traveling west on 5th Avenue South.
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
32Florida, Collier County, Naples — F-157 — The Naples Pier
Near 12th Avenue South west of Gulf Shore Boulevard South when traveling west.
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
33Florida, Collier County, Naples — The Start of a Sanctuary
Near Rookery Lane north of Sanctuary Road West, on the left when traveling north.
”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
34Florida, Collier County, Naples — The Walking Dredge
Near Unnamed trail west of Tamiami Trail East (Florida Route 41), on the right when traveling west.
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
35Florida, Collier County, Naples — This Bay City Walking Wedge
Near Tamiami Trail East (U.S. 41) near San Marco Road (County Route 92), on the right when traveling south.
This Bay City Walking Dredge in charge of Earl W. Ivey and Meece Ellis 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
36Florida, Collier County, Naples — Tin CityCity of Naples Diamond Jubilee — 1923-1998 —
Near 12th Street South at 6th Avenue South, on the left when traveling south.
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
37Florida, Collier County, Naples — What Makes Corkscrew Swamp Special?National Natural Landmark
Near Rookery Lane north of Sanctuary Road West, on the left when traveling north.
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
38Florida, Collier County, Ochopee — F-259 — 1936 Seminole Conference
On Tamiami Trail East (U.S. 41) at Monument Road, on the right when traveling west on Tamiami Trail East.
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
39Florida, Collier County, Ochopee — Bank of Everglades Building
Near Broadway Avenue West at Hibiscus Street West, on the right when traveling west.
The Bank received its charter in 1923 and moved into this impressive building in 1927. It was designed by William O Sparklin who was also the architect for the Court House. There were offices on the second floor. After the Bank moved to . . . Map (db m213483) HM
40Florida, Collier County, Ochopee — Big CypressAlligators
On Florida Trail.
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
41Florida, Collier County, Ochopee — Big Cypress National Preserve
On Florida Trail.
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
42Florida, Collier County, Ochopee — Birds of Big Cypress
On 33100 Tamiami Trail East.
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
43Florida, Collier County, Ochopee — Fighting an Invasion
On Florida Trail.
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
44Florida, Collier County, Ochopee — H. P. Williams Roadside Park
On Florida Trail.
Things to see Cypress Knees Cypress trees sprout curious Appendages called knees. They are believed to help stabilize the parent tree in swamp environments. Florida Panther The solitary Florida panther ranges throughout a wide . . . Map (db m106231)
45Florida, Collier County, Ochopee — Ochopee Post Office
On Tamiami Trail East (U.S. 41) 0.2 miles west of Bass Lake Road, on the left when traveling west.
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
46Florida, Collier County, Ochopee — Stephen Tyng MatherJuly.4.1867 - Jan.22.1930
On Tamiami Trail East.
He laid the foundation of the National Park Service. Defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done.Map (db m213487) HM
47Florida, Collier County, Ochopee — The Cypress Swamp
On Tamiami Trail East (State Road 90).
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)
48Florida, Collier County, Ochopee — Wildlife & You
On Florida Trail.
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)
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Feb. 3, 2023