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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Punta Gorda, Florida

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Punta Gorda is the county seat for Charlotte County
Punta Gorda is in Charlotte County
      Charlotte County (34)  
      DeSoto County (8)  
      Glades County (3)  
      Hendry County (4)  
      Highlands County (7)  
      Lee County (84)  
      Sarasota County (248)  
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1Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — F-109 — Albert Waller Gilchrist(1858-1926)
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
2Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — Charlotte County Courthouse
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
3Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — F-690 — Charlotte High School
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
4Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — F-112 — City of Punta Gorda
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
5Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — F-552 — Columbus G. McLeod - Protector of Plumed Birds
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
6Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — Discoveries of Juan Ponce de LeonMarch 3, 1513 to October 19, 1513
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
7Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — First Punta Gorda Home Site
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
8Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — First White Man Dies in AmericaBahia del Espiritu Santo-1513
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
9Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — F-639 — Hector House Plaza: The Founding of Punta Gorda
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
10Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — Howard Homestead/Solana Plat
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
11Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — Indian Spring Cemetery
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
12Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — Juan Ponce de Leon
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
13Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — Lt. Carl A. Bailey Cemetery
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
14Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — Mound Cities By the Sea
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
15Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — F-53 — Ponce de Leon at Charlotte Harbor
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
16Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — Ponce de Leon Historical ParkDedicated to America's First Colony
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
17Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — Punta Gorda Army Air Field World War II
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
18Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — F-608 — Punta Gorda Railroad Depot
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
19Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — Site of Hotel Punta Gorda
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
20Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — F-114 — Southernmost Railroad Terminal
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
21Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — The Description and Naming of Florida
"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
22Florida (Charlotte County), Punta Gorda — The Punta Gorda Bank
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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Aug. 8, 2022