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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Sarasota County, Florida

 
Clickable Map of Sarasota 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 Sarasota County, FL (248) Charlotte County, FL (34) DeSoto County, FL (12) Manatee County, FL (106)  SarasotaCounty(248) Sarasota County (248)  CharlotteCounty(34) Charlotte County (34)  DeSotoCounty(12) DeSoto County (12)  ManateeCounty(106) Manatee County (106)
Sarasota is the county seat for Sarasota County
Adjacent to Sarasota County, Florida
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1Florida, Sarasota County, Englewood — Lemon Bay Cemetery
On S. Indiana Avenue (State Road 776) at 2nd Avenue, on the right when traveling south on S. Indiana Avenue.
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
2Florida, Sarasota County, Laurel — Laurel Turpentine and Lumber Industry
On Laurel Road East at Mission Valley Blvd., on the right when traveling west on Laurel Road East. Reported missing.
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
3Florida, Sarasota County, Longboat Key — Corey's Landing and Farming Community
On Gulf of Mexico Drive (State Road 789) 0.5 miles north of Harbourside Drive, on the right when traveling north.
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
4Florida, Sarasota County, Manasota Beach — Joseph Daniel Anderson
On Manasota Key Road at Manasota Beach Road, on the right when traveling south on Manasota Key Road.
Side 1 After the Civil War, many Georgians moved their families to Southern Florida. Joseph Daniel "Jody" Anderson, born in Georgia in 1867, was a child when his father moved to the Tampa/Sara Sota area. In 1884, Joseph became the head of the . . . Map (db m156335) HM
5Florida, Sarasota County, Miakka — Old Miakka School
On Wilson Road at Myakka Road, on the left when traveling west on Wilson Road.
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
6Florida, Sarasota County, Nokomis — Curry Family / Wading Birds
Near Colonia Lane East, 0.5 miles east of South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), on the right when traveling east.
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
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7Florida, Sarasota County, Nokomis — History of Nokomis / Fred Albee
Near Colonia Lane East, 0.5 miles east of South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), on the right when traveling east.
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
8Florida, Sarasota County, Nokomis — Johnson Chapel / Albee Quarters
Near Spencer Avenue, 0.3 miles east of South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) when traveling east.
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
9Florida, Sarasota County, Nokomis — Knight Memorial/Area First Cemetery
On Colonia Lane East at Riverview Drive, on the right when traveling west on Colonia Lane East.
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
10Florida, Sarasota County, Nokomis — Laurel Turpentine Company / Blackburn Sawmill Quarters
Near Laurel Road East (County Highway 762) 0.5 miles east of Tamiami Trail (Highway 41), on the left when traveling east.
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
11Florida, Sarasota County, Nokomis — Nokomis School
On Nippino Trail East east of North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), on the right when traveling east.
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
12Florida, Sarasota County, Nokomis — Shakett Creek / Estuary "the cradle of the ocean"
Near Colonia Lane East, 0.5 miles east of South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), on the left when traveling east.
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
13Florida, Sarasota County, Nokomis — Turpentine / Venice Ice House
Near Colonia Lane East, 0.5 miles east of South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), on the left when traveling east.
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 tree. . . . Map (db m124982) HM
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14Florida, Sarasota County, Nokomis — Venice Post Office
On Portia Street North at Oak Tree Lane, on the right when traveling north on Portia Street North.
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
15Florida, Sarasota County, North Port — Little Salt Spring
On West Price Boulevard at Hyder Terrace, on the right when traveling east on West Price Boulevard.
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
16Florida, Sarasota County, North Port — Prehistoric Man Lived Here/Spring Was Once a Cave
On San Servando Avenue at Ortiz Boulevard, on the left when traveling east on San Servando Avenue.
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
17Florida, Sarasota County, Osprey — Historic Spanish Point
On North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) at Spanish Point Road, on the left when traveling north on North Tamiami Trail.
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
18Florida, Sarasota County, Osprey — Oscar Scherer State Park
Near South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41).
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
19Florida, Sarasota County, Osprey — Osprey School
Near South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) at Spanish Point Road.
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
20Florida, Sarasota County, Osprey — South Creek Trestle / Oscar Scherer History
Near Oscar Scherer State Park Road, 1.4 miles east of South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), on the right when traveling east.
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
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21Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — “Rogana” – Dora FosterCircus Ring of Fame
On St. Armands Circle at South Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling south on St. Armands Circle.
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
22Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — A Resting Place of Pioneer Families and Hidden Histories
On Central Avenue at 8th Street, on the left when traveling north on Central Avenue.
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
23Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Albert RixCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at North Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling west on St Armands Circle.
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
24Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Alberto ZoppeCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
25Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Alfredo CodonaCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
26Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Allan C. HillCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling south on St Armands Circle.
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
27Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Allen BloomCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at South Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling south on St Armands Circle.
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
28Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — American National Bank
On Main Street at South Palm Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Main Street.
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
29Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Antoinette ConcelloCircus Ring Of Fame
On St. Armands Circle at South Boulevard of the Presidents when traveling east on St. Armands Circle.
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
30Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Station
On North School Avenue at Main Street, on the right when traveling north on North School Avenue.
(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
31Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Avondale
On Bahia Vista Street at Brewer Place, on the right when traveling west on Bahia Vista Street.
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
32Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Barry LubinCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
33Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Bay Haven School
On West Tamiami Circle north of Tennessee Lane, on the right when traveling south.
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
34Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Beach Segregation
Near Benjamin Franklin Drive at Coolidge Drive, on the right when traveling south.
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
35Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Bee Ridge Woman's Club
On Andrew Avenue, 0.2 miles south of Clark Road (County Road 72), on the right when traveling north.
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. Organized . . . Map (db m136014) HM
36Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Bello NockCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
37Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Bidwell-Wood House
On 12th Street, 0.1 miles east of North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), on the right when traveling east.
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
38Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Bispham Dairy
On South Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) just north of Fiesta Drive, on the right when traveling north.
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
39Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Ca’D’Zan: House of John
On Bay Shore Road, 0.1 miles south of 58th Street, on the right when traveling south.
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
40Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Captain William HeyerCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at North Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling west on St Armands Circle.
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
41Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Cecil B. DeMilleCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
42Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Cedar Point / Sunset Park - Cedar Point / Golden Gate Point
On John Ringling Boulevard (State Road 789) at Golden Gate Point, on the right when traveling east on John Ringling Boulevard.
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
43Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Cedric WalkerCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at South Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling south on St Armands Circle.
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
44Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Charles and Mathias CoronasCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
45Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Charles Ringling Building
Near Ringling Boulevard, 0.1 miles east of South Links Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
(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
46Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Charles Robert Sidlow“Chucko” The All American Clown — The Circus Ring Of Fame —
On St Armands Circle at South Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling east on St Armands Circle.
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 to become . . . Map (db m147114) HM
47Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Charles SchlarbaumCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at Fillmore Drive, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
48Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Charly BaumannCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at South Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling east on St Armands Circle.
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
49Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — City of Sarasota
On Central Avenue at North Pineapple Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Central Avenue.
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
50Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Cliff VargasCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
51Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Clyde BeattyCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at North Boulevard of the Presidents when traveling west on St Armands Circle.
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
52Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Con ColleanoCircus Ring of Fame
On St. Armands Circle at South Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling east on St. Armands Circle.
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
53Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Count NicholasAmerica’s Most Celebrated Ringmaster — Circus Ring of Fame —
On St Armands Circle at Fillmore Dive, on the left when traveling east on St Armands Circle.
“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
54Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Count Roberto de VasconcellosViconde Ponte de Barca — Circus Ring of Fame —
On St Armands Circle at South Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling east on St Armands Circle.
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
55Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Crocker Memorial Church
On 12th Street, 0.1 miles west of Cocoanut Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
Crocker Memorial Church Built Circa 1901 Designated A Historic Structure By The City Of Sarasota Florida Map (db m148172) HM
56Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — CuccioloCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at South Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling east on St Armands Circle.
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
57Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — D.R. and Isla MillerCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
58Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Dan RiceCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling south on St Armands Circle.
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
59Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — De Sota Park / Logan and Currin, Inc.
On South Osprey Avenue at Hyde Park Street, on the right when traveling north on South Osprey Avenue.
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
60Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — De Sota Park / Logan and Currin, Inc.
On South Osprey Aveune at Hibiscus Street, on the right when traveling north on South Osprey Aveune.
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
61Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Dieter TassoCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
62Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Dime Wilson FamilyCircus Ring Of Fame
On St. Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard (Florida Route 789), on the left when traveling north on St. Armands Circle.
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
63Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Dolly JacobsCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at North Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling west on St Armands Circle.
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 performer . . . Map (db m147062) HM
64Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Dr. J.Y. HendersonCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
65Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Edwards Theatre 1926
On North Pineapple Ave at 1st Street, on the right when traveling south on North Pineapple Ave.
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
66Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Elly ArdeltyThe Circus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling south on St Armands Circle.
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
67Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Emmett KellyCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at South Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling east on St Armands Circle.
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
68Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Fay AlexanderCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
69Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Felix AdlerCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at North Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling west on St Armands Circle.
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
70Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — First Black Community
On Boulevard of the Arts at Central Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Boulevard of the Arts.
(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
71Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — First Municipal Airport Lowe Field
On North Beneva Road at 12th Street, on the left when traveling north on North Beneva Road.
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
72Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Floyd R. KingCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at North Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling west on St Armands Circle.
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
73Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Francis Brunn Lottie BrunnCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at North Boulevard of the Presidents when traveling west on St Armands Circle.
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
74Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Franz Czeisler TihanyCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
75Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Franz UnusCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle near South Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling east.
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
76Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Fred and Ella BradnaCircus Ring Of Fame
On St. Armands Circle at South Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling west on St. Armands Circle.
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
77Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Fred D. Pfening, Jr.The Circus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
78Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Friendship Baptist Church
On Palmer Boulevard just west of Bacon Avenue.
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
79Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Fruitville Elementary School
On Honore Avenue just south of Sawgrass Road, on the right when traveling north.
(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
80Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Gee Gee EngesserCircus Ring of Fame
On St. Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard (Florida Route 789), on the left when traveling north on St. Armands Circle.
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
81Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — George ScottScott’s Unrideable Mule — The Circus Ring of Fame —
On St Armands Circle near Fillmore Dive, on the left when traveling east.
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
82Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Gulf Beach Motel
On Benjamin Franklin Drive at McKinley Drive, on the right when traveling south on Benjamin Franklin Drive.
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
83Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Gunther Gebel-WilliamsCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left on St Armands Circle.
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
84Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Guy LaliberteCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling south on St Armands Circle.
: 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
85Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — H.S.H. Prince Rainier III of MonacoCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
86Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Hamid FamilyGeorge A. Hamid, Sr., George A. Hamid Jr., James M. Hamid Sr., James M. Hamid Jr. — Circus Ring of Fame —
On St Armands Circle at Fillmore Dive, on the left when traveling east on St Armands Circle.
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
87Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Hans WinnCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
88Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — F-499 — Harding Circle Historic District
On John Ringling Blvd, in the median.
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
89Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Harold AlzanaCircus Ring of Fame
On St. Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St. Armands Circle.
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
90Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Henry Ringling NorthCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at South Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling east on St Armands Circle.
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
91Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Historic Palm Tower
On Main Street at North Palm Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Main Street.
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
92Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Hubert CastleThe Circus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling south on St Armands Circle.
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
93Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Ian GardenCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
94Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Indian Beach
On Bay Shore Road at Myrtle Street, on the left when traveling north on Bay Shore Road.
(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
95Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Irvin Feld and Kenneth FeldCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at North Boulevard of the Presidents, on the left when traveling west on St Armands Circle.
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
96Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Italo Fornasari FamilyCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
97Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Jacqueline ZerbiniCircus Ring Of Fame
On St. Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard (Florida Route 789), on the left when traveling north on St. Armands Circle.
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
98Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — James A. BaileyCircus Ring Of Fame
On St Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard, on the left when traveling south on St Armands Circle.
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
99Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Jean “Tarzan” ZerbiniCircus Ring of Fame
On St Armands Circle at Fillmore Dive, on the left when traveling north on St Armands Circle.
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
100Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Jenny WallendaCircus Ring of Fame
On St. Armands Circle at John Ringling Boulevard (Florida Route 789), on the left when traveling north on St. Armands Circle.
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

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Jan. 27, 2023