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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Punta Gorda, 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 (60) DeSoto County, FL (12) Glades County, FL (6) Hendry County, FL (11) Highlands County, FL (40) Lee County, FL (87) Sarasota County, FL (292)  CharlotteCounty(60) Charlotte County (60)  DeSotoCounty(12) DeSoto County (12)  GladesCounty(6) Glades County (6)  HendryCounty(11) Hendry County (11)  HighlandsCounty(40) Highlands County (40)  LeeCounty(87) Lee County (87)  SarasotaCounty(292) Sarasota County (292)
Punta Gorda is the county seat for Charlotte County
Punta Gorda is in Charlotte County
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1 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — 83rd Inf DivisionPunta Gorda Veterans Park
Dedicated to the men of the 83rd Inf Division WWII Co F. 329th 2nd Bat. Fl. Charter organized in Punta Gorda 1978 by Bill Nickell & Lola Keller Map (db m243969) WM
2 Florida, 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
3 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — American Merchant Marine VeteransPunta Gorda Veterans Park
American Merchant Marine Veterans Suncoast Chapter Dedicated to the six thousand eight hundred and thirty-four Merchant Seamen who lost their lives in World War II Map (db m243905) WM
4 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Armed GuardPunta Gorda Veterans Park
Armed Guard U.S. ★ Navy Armed Guard WW II Dedicated to all who served Map (db m243962) WM
5 Florida, 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
6 Florida, 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 m215977) HM
7 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — China Burma India Theatre VeteransPunta Gorda Veterans Park
In memory and honor of all those who served in the China Burma India Theatre of Operations during World War II Map (db m244042) WM
8 Florida, 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
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9 Florida, 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
10 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Combat Wounded VeteransPunta Gorda Veterans Park
Dedicated to the memory of P.F.C. Robert L. Cochran U.S.M.C. Killed in action on the Island of Saipan, 1944, and to all Combat Wounded Veterans My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country’s way to show . . . Map (db m244062) WM
11 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Consolidated Ice Plant
This block of concrete is a foundation remnant of the Consolidated Ice Manufacturing, Refrigeration and Fish Co., which once occupied two full city blocks. Built in 1903 to supply cooling for fish products, the ice plant was the second largest in . . . Map (db m249202) HM
12 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Destroyer Escort SailorsPunta Gorda Veterans Park
Dedicated to all Destroyer Escort Sailors Destroyer Escort Sailors Association Southwest Florida Chapter Map (db m244050) WM
13 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Discoveries of Juan Ponce de LeonMarch 3, 1513 to October 19, 1513 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
14 Florida, 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
15 Florida, 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
16 Florida, 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
17 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Historic Spanish Anchor
This anchor was discovered by Out Island Divers & Salvage Company July 11, 1979 in Boca Grande Pass, Florida, in 60 feet of water, resting on a flat rock. Weighing approximately 2000 pounds, this anchor is believed to be made prior to 1815 based on . . . Map (db m249210) HM
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18 Florida, 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
19 Florida, 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
20 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Isaac H. Trabue - Founder of Punta Gorda
This plaque honors Isaac H. Trabue, the founder of the town of “Trabue” which became the City of Punta Gorda. Trabue, born on March 25, 1829 was a lawyer, coal mine operator, Union soldier during the Civil War, and land developer. He was . . . Map (db m249134) HM
21 Florida, 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
22 Florida, 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
23 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Mound Cities By the Sea 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
24 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — F-53 — Ponce de Leon at Charlotte Harbor 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
25 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Ponce de Leon Historical ParkDedicated to America's First Colony 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
26 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Prisoners of War/Missing in ActionPunta Gorda Veterans Park
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27 Florida, 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
28 Florida, 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
29 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Punta Gorda's Fishing Industry
The first Spanish fishermen sailed their smacks into Charlotte Harbor in the 18th century marking the beginning of a commercial fishing industry. Cuban fishermen controlled the business for over 200 years until the United States took possession of . . . Map (db m249131) HM
30 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Site of Hotel Punta Gorda Reported missing
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 m216054) HM
31 Florida, 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
32 Florida, 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
33 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — The Fertilizer Plant in Punta Gorda 1903
In 1902 town founder, Isaac Trabue, convinced a group of Philadelphia investors to build the town’s third ice factory, the Consolidated Ice Manufacturing, Refrigerating and Fish Company. Their plan was to furnish cheaper ice to fishermen and also . . . Map (db m249130) HM
34 Florida, 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
35 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — The Trabue Plat And Waterfront Parks
In 1885 Isaac Trabue registered the land that he had purchased and platted in 1884 in Manatee County as the town of “Trabue.” In 1887, it would become Punta Gorda. He named some twenty streets in the new town after relatives, including Retta . . . Map (db m249138) HM
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36 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — U.S. Marine Corps VeteransPunta Gorda Veterans Park
Map (db m243901) WM
37 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Veterans MemorialPunta Gorda Veterans Park
In Honor of all active, past, present and future veterans of all military services.Map (db m244032) WM
38 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Veterans MemorialPunta Gorda Veterans Park
To Honor all men and women who served our nationMap (db m244036) WM
39 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Veterans MemorialPunta Gorda Veterans Park
In honor of the men and women who served. Jewish War Veterans of America Oskar Schindler Post #404 Port Charlotte, Florida 100th Anniversary 1896-1996 Map (db m244052) WM
40 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda — Vietnam VeteransPunta Gorda Veterans Park
Vietnam Veterans of America #665 Honors all past present and past men and women veterans of Charlotte County Never Forget Our MIA-POW’sMap (db m243997) WM
41 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda, Fishermen's Village — Old Fish Dock Transformed to "Fishermen's Village"
After the last of the old fish companies on the Maud Street Dock, the Punta Gorda Fish Company, ceased operation in the late 1970s, the dock fell into ruin. Earl Nightingale, a famous radio personality of the day, discovered the rundown pier with . . . Map (db m249111) HM
42 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda, Fishermen's Village — Sport Fishing
What was said to have been the first big game fish, a silver tarpon, was taken by ordinary rod and reel in 1885 by W.H. Wood. Articles about the feat in the London Observer and Scientific American launched the new sport of big game fishing and . . . Map (db m249110) HM
43 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda, Fishermen's Village — The Boating History of Punta Gorda
Between 1889 and the early 1900’s, the primary means of transportation south and west of Punta Gorda was by boat. During the winters at the turn of the 20th century, many yachts could be seen anchored near the shores of Punta Gorda. Naphtha . . . Map (db m249113) HM
44 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda, Fishermen's Village — The King Street Railroad Dock
The Railroad Dock at the foot of King Street (now U.S. 41 North) was the hub of Punta Gorda’s commercial activity from 1897 until 1928. In addition to being the commercial seafood center, it was the port for steamers connecting with the railroad. . . . Map (db m249108) HM
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45 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda, Fishermen's Village — The Long Dock
In 1886, after Isaac Trabue persuaded the Florida Southern Railroad directors to locate their railroad down the east side of the Peach River, track was extended along what is now the linear park to beyond the original town of Trabue. There, a . . . Map (db m249112) HM
46 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda, Fishermen's Village — The Maud Street Dock
Fishermen’s Village is located on the site of the former Maud Street Dock. The Dock was built in 1928 to replace the King Street Pier, home to t the Punta Gorda fishing industry. The old pier had been removed to make way for the new Barron Collier . . . Map (db m249128) HM
47 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda, Fishermen's Village — Theodore Roosevelt Sport Fishing in Charlotte Harbor
On March 26, 1917, an enthusiastic crowd of over a thousand people gathered to welcome the former President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, to Punta Gorda. He had come to conquer the “devil fish.” Roosevelt had been drawn to Punta . . . Map (db m249125) HM
48 Florida, Charlotte County, Punta Gorda, Trabue Woods — Bailey Brothers ParkPunta Gorda, Florida
The Bailey Brothers served the United States of America honorably World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War Archie and Josephine Bailey were married in 1905 and made Punta Gorda their home. They raised their large family in their . . . Map (db m249137) HM
 
 
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