"Gateway towards the awesome land of 10, 000 Islands, Marco Island is all about 4 miles wide, 6 miles lengthy, along with a mere 90 miles west of Miami and 157 miles south of Tampa.
History lets us know that most likely around 4000 BC the Calusa Indians, and also require been the descendants from the Mayans, lived on the area. These Native People had built large mounds using countless shells that offered them defense against hurricanes. The mounds were also employed for religious temples and funeral sites.
The Calusa were crafty and intelligent woodworkers, who built canoes, beams and planks for his or her houses, docks and piers. Because of disease introduced towards the island through the Spanish explorers, the Calusa were easily wiped by the mid 1700s, later substituted with the Seminole. Until following the Civil War, there is little population occupying bonita springs.
In 1870, W.T. Collier introduced his wife and nine children to Marco Island. His boy, William D. Captain Bill Collier, opened up a 20-room hotel in 1896 that’s today referred to as Olde Marco Inn. In 1922 Barron G. Collier (no relation to another Colliers) purchased the majority of the island.
Regrettably, the depression required its toll and growth and development of the area was postponed until 1962.
It had been at the moment, when siblings Elliott, Robert and Frank Junior. Mackell created a master arrange for the area, after buying it in the Collier estate for that paltry amount of seven million dollars.
Unsurprising, just before its rise in the mid-1960s, the populace would be a mere 550, as the only method to achieve the area was by crossing a narrow, wooden, hands-operated swinging bridge. A trifle frightening!
Marco Island today includes a permanent population of 15Thousand swelling to 35Thousand throughout the winter several weeks." read more>>
Marco Island Historic Picture Album
Black and White-colored Photos in the early 1900’s tell the first story of Marco Island.
A History by Kathleen McNamara
Brief summation from the Island’s history in the early Calusa Indians to the present day development through the Deltona Development Company.
Island Glare compiled by Plant Savage, formerly v . p . of Deltona Corporation and part of the Vensel Savage and Associates, Architects, Engineers and Planners.
The Historic Move of Homes and Families from Caxambas to Goodland by Gloria Bruno
Tales of a few of the original settlers of Goodland, a little village on a corner of Marco Island.
The Marco Island Historic Society
Info on the Frank Cushing archeological dig that unearthed the now famous Marco Cat and various other artifacts, in addition to membership and exhibit information.
Marco Island History – Book in the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce
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