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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Venice, Florida

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1 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — 1926 Article From "Venice News"
"It's a mammoth," voiced Dr. J. W. Gidley, Paleontologist of the Smithsonian Institute, 15 minutes after he first saw the fossil tusks and jaw bone of the prehistoric monster found in Venice. The size of the tusks indicates that it probably stood 14 . . . Map (db m32747) HM
2 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — 337th Army Air Field Base
Venice Army Air Field opened during WWII, on July 7, 1942. In June of 1943 the first combat aircraft operated from the field. By March 1944 the base was moved to this location. In all nine groups were trained for combat, with the 337th being the . . . Map (db m32690) HM
3 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Berlin Airlift Memorial
In Memory of the United States Military personnel who served on the Berlin Airlift 28 June 1948 to 30 September 1949.Map (db m218562) WM
4 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Casey's Pass
The fragile lands surrounding this pass were settled thousands of years ago by prehistoric Indians. Over time, storms and currents changed the land, and the original Floridians' villages were lost. The 1851 U.S. Coast and Geodetic chart labelled . . . Map (db m32732) HM
5 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Clyde E. Lassen
Clyde E. Lassen Commander, U.S. Navy 1942 - 1994 Navy Medal of Honor For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as pilot and aircraft commander of a search and rescue . . . Map (db m148281) WM
6 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Colonel George Kumpe Bridge
Colonel George Kumpe Bridge Designated by 1967 Legislature of FloridaMap (db m4878) HM
7 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Eagle Point Bell
This bell was salvaged from a logging train used in Woodmere, a sawmill town south of Venice, on what is now Rt. 776. The abundant stand of pine trees in that area was dying from having been "bled" of their resin to make turpentine, a much valued . . . Map (db m47592) HM
8 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Edgewood
(Side 1) In 1925, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE), a labor union based in Cleveland, Ohio, purchased land to create the city of Venice. The BLE hired city planner John Nolen to complete the city design which he had already . . . Map (db m145507) HM
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9 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Ennes Arcade and Hotel Valencia 1926
This building was built in 1926 by Stanton and Elizabeth E. Ennes during the development of the City of Venice by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers according to the 1925 Comprehensive Plan drafted by city planner John Nolen. This Mediterranean . . . Map (db m47287) HM
10 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Fred Albee Municipal Airport
The first recorded flight into Venice brought a crate of fresh strawberries for the Hotel Venice. Pioneer pilot Capt. George Haldeman landed his plane on Nassau Street to make his delivery on January 13, 1927, not until the mid-1930s was a . . . Map (db m73678) HM
11 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Gunther Gebel-Williams
Gunther Gebel-Williams changed the face of the American circus forever, and is universally known as The Greatest Wild Animal Trainer of All Time. From Circus Williams in Germany to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Gunther . . . Map (db m4871) HM
12 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Johnson-Schoolcraft Building 1926
William D. Schoolcraft and C. Paul Johnson, principals of Johnson-Schoolcraft, Inc., were the original owners of the Johnson-Schoolcraft Building, constructed in 1926. Mayor Ned Worthington led the dedication ceremony. Music was provided by Antonio . . . Map (db m47281) HM
13 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Kentucky Military Institute1845 — 1971
Kentucky Military Institute, the nation's oldest private military preparatory school, wintered here from 1933 to 1970. The campus consisted of the Venice Hotel (now Casa de Venice) which housed first year cadets, faculty and dining rooms; and . . . Map (db m43537) HM
14 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Kentucky Military Institute"The Military School with a Winter Home in Sunny Florida"
During Florida's Boom Period, 1922-1928, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) purchased 30,000 acres in Venice, believing it was a sound investment where "rail, trail, and water meet." They hired renowned city planner John Nolen to . . . Map (db m88716) HM
15 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Lord - Higel House Restoration Project
This house is the oldest home located in Southwest Sarasota County. Built in 1896 for Joseph H. Lord, the home was in the center of his ninety acre citrus grove, located at what is now Bay Shore Estates. In 1905 it became the residence of his . . . Map (db m43542) HM
16 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Loring Lovell1938 - 1994 — Utilities Department Director —
Loring Lovell exemplified a dedication to the preservation of Florida's water resources, environment, and rich cultural heritage. In recognition of his wisdom, foresight and efforts to provide potable water for Sarasota County residents, the Loring . . . Map (db m4882) HM
17 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Pentagon 9-11 Memorial
May this piece of rubble from the attack on the Pentagon serve as a lasting memorial to those men and women who perished on 9.11.01Map (db m218560) HM WM
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18 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Pioneer Court
This sculpture symbolizes the three crops – citrus, cattle and seafood – that sustained the first 19th century settlers in the Venice area. No roads penetrated the surrounding wilderness. Most contacts with the outside world were by . . . Map (db m25913) HM
19 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Revolutionary War Patriots
This marker commemorates the men and women who achieved American independence. These Patriots, believing in the noble cause of liberty, fought valiantly to found a new nation.1775 - 1783Map (db m218717) WM
20 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — San Marco Hotel1926
The San Marco Hotel was built in 1926 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) as part of the initial development of the City of Venice. The hotel opened in November of that year after only 90 days of construction. The hotel had a decorative . . . Map (db m88701) HM
21 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — The Calusa and Seminole Peoples
The Calusa were native Florida Indians who dominated south Florida from their homeland on the southwest Gulf coast. They were formidable warriors, accomplished artists, and expert boaters. The Calusa did not farm, but instead prospered by fishing in . . . Map (db m23873) HM
22 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — The Circus in Venice Reported missing
Among the number of circuses that have called Sarasota County home, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (RBBB) is the largest and the one that has had the longest association with Venice. Its roots go back to a small show the five Ringling . . . Map (db m211950) HM
23 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — The Hotel Venice1926
The Hotel Venice was built during the late 1920s development of the City of Venice by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, a labor union headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the first building constructed by the Brotherhood in Venice and one . . . Map (db m38499) HM
24 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — The Supreme Sacrifice
In Memory Of Those Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice In The Service Of Their Country Presented By No-Vel Post 159 – American Legion May 1954 Map (db m148283) WM
25 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — The Venice-Nokomis Bank
The Venice-Nokomis Bank was organized in 1925 in Nokomis and moved to a new building on Venice Avenue in 1927. This medallion was installed in the lobby floor of the bank building on Venice Avenue circa 1960. It was removed before the building was . . . Map (db m47657) HM
26 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Triangle Inn
Triangle Inn Built in 1927 Has been placed on the National Register of Historical PlacesMap (db m47709) HM
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27 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Venezia Park
John Nolen, world-renowned city planner from Philadelphia, created the overall design for the City of Venice. Venezia Park Subdivision helped illustrate Nolen's concept for a model city. Dr. Fred Albee, early developer, commissioned Nolen's . . . Map (db m32558) HM
28 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Venice
Originally known as "Horse and Chaise", early settlers renamed this area Venice in 1888 in recognition of the many natural waterways which abound here. As a city, Venice became a realty when the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (B. of L.E.) . . . Map (db m20405) HM
29 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Venice Apartment District
John Nolen, world renowned city planner, designed the City of Venice so residents could work and relax in harmony with nature and with each other. A central business area, outlying farms, open green spaces, and a wide variety of housing choices . . . Map (db m32702) HM
30 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Venice Army Air Base
This structure is a replica of the Venice Army Air Base main entrance originally located at the intersection of The Rialto and San Marco. The base history began in May 1942 when surveyors from the US Army landed at the Venice Municipal Downtown . . . Map (db m32565) HM
31 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Venice Army Air Base
The Venice Army Air Base was initially activated as a Service Group Training Center on July 7, 1942, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of the U.S. role in World War II. The installation was originally created to train . . . Map (db m146022) HM
32 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Venice Beach Pavilion
Venice Beach Pavilion Constructed 1963 Dedicated February 8, 1964 The Venice Beach Pavilion has a hyperbolic paraboloid shape, which is a continuous, flowing, double-curved surface used mainly in concrete skin roofs. It appears . . . Map (db m148279) HM
33 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Venice Beach War Memorial
July 4, 1976 Dedicated To All Veterans of All Wars. The Disabled And Those Who Gave Their Lives In The Hope Their Children Would Never Need To Fight Or Give Their Lives To Keep Our Country Strong And Free, But Especially Dedicated . . . Map (db m148280) WM
34 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Venice Railroad and Depot Reported missing
The first successful railroad into what is now Sarasota County came when the United States and West Indies Railroad and Steamship Company, a subsidiary of the Seaboard Air Line Railway (SAL), brought its first train into Sarasota in 1903. Two . . . Map (db m4876) HM
35 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Venice Storm History
Although the “Sharks Tooth Capital of the World” has had few direct hits from a hurricane, this brief summary highlights some of the city’s least favorable history. The hurricane of 1926 caused residents to evacuate to the San . . . Map (db m148278) HM
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36 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Welcome to Heritage Court / Fred H. Albee, M.D.
Welcome to Heritage Court Here you will find recorded the origins of this city. On your left is a memorial to Dr. Fred H. Albee who owned the land on which Venice is built, and on your right is a memorial to John Nolen who conceived the . . . Map (db m20410) HM
37 Florida, Sarasota County, Venice — Woodmere
Side 1 The Manasota Land and Timber Company purchased over 80,000 acres of land and the Gulf Coast Railway Company from Southern Investment Company of Baltimore, Maryland, in 1917. This land was south of the Palmer properties in Venice and . . . Map (db m156530) HM
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Dec. 8, 2023