Bradentown and Manatee County "Opportunities for Homeseekers and Investors"
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Title: Bradentown and Manatee County "Opportunities for Homeseekers and Investors"
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Language: English
Creator: Board of Trade, Bradentown, Florida
Publisher: Board of Trade, Bradentown, Florida
Place of Publication: Bradenton, Fla.
Manufacturer: J. P. Bell Company, Inc.
Publication Date: c. 1916
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Manatee
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_I KLORIDA attracts the home-seeker, the capitalist, and the tourist, because of its
near-perfect climate, the fertility of its soil and its unparalleled opportunities
i L for the enjoyment of outdoor life at a time when the inhabitants of other
S states are ice-bound and blizzard-stricken. Practically all of Florida offers
an asylum from the rigors of a Northern winter. Many portions of the
State can boast of fertile lands and modern, aggressive communities. No
single locality, however, has all the fish and game nor all the attractions that
are part and parcel of the Land of Flowers and every-day sunshine.
jl H^ Climatic conditions, perhaps, were primarily responsible for the popu-
B l larity of this State, even before it had been ascertained that the soil of the
State was possessed of great fertility, marvelous productivity, and almost
inexhaustible resources for the agriculturist, horticulturist, and capitalist. For
awa a long time this has been recognized by many as an ideal place in which to
spend the winter months. It is becoming more and more apparent that
Florida, in matter of salubrious climate, offers respite for the extreme heat of Northern summers as well
as the rigors of Northern winters. But it is not so much to sing the praises of Florida's climate that this
booklet is written, as to emphasize the peculiar advantages and inducements which climate, soil, waters,
and sunshine offer to home-seekers and investors in and around Bradentown.
There is always one spot in any large area of earthly surface that is just a little better than any-
thing else of its kind. In every state-there is a locality more highly favored by nature than other portions
of the same geographical division. That Manatee County is a concrete illustration of the truth of this
statement can be readily demonstrated.
It is the intensified garden spot in the Garden State; the particular point where every general
climatic advantage is present, but withal a locality possessing positive attractions peculiarly its own.

Quoting from the United States Weather Bureau, based upon a series of observations covering a
period of years, the warmest weather occurs in July and August. During the warmest days atmospheric
circulation is most active, and breezes, sweeping across the Peninsula from ocean to gulf, or gulf to ocean,
mitigate the disagreeable consequences of warm days and high humidity. The mean summer tempera-
tures range .from 800 to 820, and continue about 800 during September in the southern portions. As a
rule October is from 60 to 80 cooler than September. Mean temperatures continue well up into the 60's
during November, but in December and January the average is 600. Judged by average temperatures
February is not the coldest month, yet the lowest temperatures often occur in this month.
The period of the greatest rainfall begins in June and terminates in September, the annual pre-
cipitation being 56 inches. At and around Bradentown the mercury rarely rises about 940 in the summer
or falls below 40 in the winter.

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Some Bradentown Homes





Manatee County Court House
at Bradentown

S. A. L. Passenger Station

Manatee County High School
at Bradentown


Manatee County, of which Bradentown is the county-seat geographically, lies 40 miles south of
Tampa. The Gulf of Mexico fronts the county on the west and south. Its coast line, including gulf
and bays, reaches more than 150 miles facing toward every point of the compass. It has three rivers:
the far-famed Manatee, navigable for more than 25 miles from where it empties into Tampa Bay, fur-
nishing deep-water connection with Tampa; Bradl'n River; and the Myakka, once the favorite haunt of
the Seminole Indian, and furnishing to-day one of the great national game preserves of the State.
Along the banks of the Manatee are some of the most charming residence sites that can be imagined,
backed by thousands of acres of richly fertile hammock lands, suitable for, and where now are located,
some of the great orange and grapefruit groves of the State. The county has an area of 1,350 square
miles, 48 miles north and south and a maximum of 45 miles east and west. There are 15,000 inhabitants
besides the tourists who are here for months during a great portion of the year. There are a number of
beautiful towns, among them: Palmetto, Manatee, Sarasota, Oneco, Parrish, Terra Ceia, Ellentown, Cortez,
and Palma Sola, none of which is more than twelve miles from Bradentown. A system of good hard
roads connects these towns.



Good Roads Radiating from Bradentown


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The Gulf of Mexico fronts the entire county on the west and south and not only gives to Manatee
lands its immunity from ruinous frosts, but furnishes pure air laden with all the freshness of the salty
breath of the Gulf Stream.
The reader will be quick to appreciate the protection from extremes of heat and cold which the Gulf,
bays, and rivers of this section afford. Th1ese combined with its geographical location place it practically
below frost line. He will also appreciate that here is a rule working both ways. This water protection
modifies the temperature summer and winter. Here is asylum from the heat of summer and the rigors of
a Northern winter. During the summer cool breezes from the Gulf and bay blow soft o'er key and main-
land, and the summer nights are so cool as to make sleeping under covering comfortable. This section
is becoming famous as a summer resort, as well as a winter paradise.
The "Land of M'anatee" first came into general notice after the historic freeze of 1894-95, when
nearly all the citrus fruit trees in the State, outside of this section, were practically destroyed by un-
precedented cold weather. The fact that the trees in Manatee County escaped serious injury attracted
people from the middle and northern portions of the State, who found not only protection from the cold
but much more fertile lands than could be had elsewhere, with abundance of water from flowing artesian
wells for irrigation.
At that time there were no railroads in the county. Seven years later, or in 1902, the Seaboard
Air Line extended its service into this county, and through Bradentown. The East and West Coast
Railway connects Bradentown with Arcadia, connecting with the Atlantic Coast Line and Charlotte
Harbor and Northern Railway at Arcadia, and tapping a vast lumber section, and opening up rich vege-
table and citrus lands. We also have the Favorite Steamship Line through the beautiful Manatee River
and Tampa Bay to Tampa, and connecting with the Atlantic Coast Line for the north, thus giving us a
double daily freight and passenger service by water. The Tampa Southern Railroad is constructing a
direct line from Tampa to Bradentown, which will be finished about July 1, 1918.


Bradentown on Tamiana Trail and Paradise Loop-Official Tributaries of the Dixie
Highway (See A. A. A. Blue Book)
Manatee County now has many miles of hard-surfaced roads, having recently expended in their con-
struction $250,000, and has at present under construction $250,000 more worth of asphalt roads; and a
contract has been let for a bridge across the mile-wide Manatee River between Bradentown and Palmetto.
Bradentown is located on the Tamiana Trail, and on the Paradise Loop, which are officially .designated
connections of the Dixie Highway. Hard roads are now built from Bradentown to Oneco, Sarasota,
Cortez, Terra Ceia, and Parrish, so that all towns and villages in the county are connected by hard roads
with the county-seat; and contracts have been made that will complete the hard-surface road system to
Tampa within the year.

Views in the Business and Residence Sections of Bradentown

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is the county-seat of Manatee County, and the metropolis of the vast territory on the west coast between
Tampa and Fort Myers. The following figures suggest that it is the most rapidly growing city in the

Population in 1900, 300. Fine electric-light system.
Population in 1910, 1.886. Public library.
Population in 1915, 4,000. Three fruit-packing houses.
Tax Assessment, 1911, $1,086,000. Splendid school system, including County High School.
Tax Assessment, 1913, $2,543,529. Two railroads and boat line.
Tax Assessment, 1917, $4,600,000. New public buildings:
Has 16 miles paved streets. County Court House ...................... $100,000
Has 32 miles sidewalks. High School ................. .... .. 35,000
A complete system of sanitary sewers covering the Baptist Church. ........................ 22.000
entire town. Presbyterian Church .................... 20,000
Has 5 miles storm sewers. City Hall .................. ........... 7,500
Has municipally owned waterworks. Passenger Station ...................... 7,000

It is located on the south bank of Manatee River about five miles up from where it empties into
Tampa Bay. Beautiful drives over a splendid system of hard roads connect it with other towns of the
Amusement parks, increased facilities for boating, bathing, fishing, and other sports will be provided.
An active and far-reaching publicity campaign begun to be vigorously prosecuted, will serve as never
before to spread abroad the varied inducements and attractions of this section.


All lines of business common to like communities are represented by up-to-date stocks in well-
appointed, modern buildings. Bradentown has two banks of excellent standing: the First National, and the
Bradentown Bank and Trust Co. The Peninsular Telephone Co. furnishes Manatee County a complete
telephone system. This town is perhaps the only one of its size in the United States that has under-
ground telephone wires. There are 1,400 'phones in the county, or one for every ten inhabitants. Long
distance connection is furnished to any part of the United States.

August 15, 1916.
Chairman Publicity Committee,
Board of Trade,
Bradentown, Fla.
DEAR SIR :-Replying to your request for information in regard to my success in the trucking line in Manatee County,
will state that I came here from Westerville, Ohio, in September, 1907, and have been engaged in trucking ever since that
time. Have had my ups and downs with the others, but more ups than downs.
Regarding my celery crop of last season, wish to state that on 1% acres I grew two crops of celery during the season of
1915-16. The first crop was planted in the field about September 15, 1915, and harvested the latter part of January, produc-
ing 1,130 crates, the gross sales amounting to $3,102.14. The second crop was planted immediately after the first and har-
vested the early part of May, 1916, producing 1,049 crates, gross sales of $2,026.11, making the gross sales for the 1%
acres for the season $5,128.25. The gross expense on both crops amounted to $1,308.00, leaving a net balance from the
1% acres of $3,820.25. This same piece of land has been producing two crops of celery per year for several years.
I purchased the land upon which this celery was grown together with other lands amounting to ten acres in all in
May, 1915, paying $7,500.00 for the ten acres. My net profits on the crops raised on this ten acres of land during the
season of 1915-16 were enough to pay for the entire place.
Very truly yours,
C. C. HuTrcHBs.

Presbyterian Church
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Bradentown is electrically lighted and is perhaps the most thoroughly illuminated town at night to
be found anywhere. Daily from the early evening till after dawn without reference to the lunar calendar
the lights are on.
There are some exceedingly imposing and beautiful residence buildings, set in delectable environ-
ment. An exceptionally picturesque water front affords a perspective charming in the extreme. Num-
erous bungalows of varied architectural effects, in settings of natural and artistic design, flanking beauti-
fully parqued streets, emphasize the desirable qualities of this city as a place of residence.

The following places will be of interest, especially to tourists: The Gulf of Mexico, nine miles west;
Braden Castle on a beautiful site overlooking Braden River, the scene of local excitement bordering on
tragedy during Indian uprisings in the last century; a river trip to Mitchellville; the Royal Palm
Nurseries; the Gamble residence, the hiding place of Judah P. Benjamin; the wonderful Atwood Grape-
fruit Grove; Palma Sola, Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay, and Terra Ceia Bay; hunting and fishing on the
Myakka; delightful and picturesque drives over hard roads; and boat trips to Terra Ceia Island,
Egmont Key, Fort Dade, Anna Maria Beach, Cortez Beach, and many other points of interest and beauty.
Sailing up or down the beautiful Manatee River one's rapt interest is held by a charming near-tropical
panorama, a veritable moving picture of palms, orange groves, green, elegantly kept lawns, live-oak trees
draped in festoons of gray moss, flower gardens, sloping gently up and back from the water in whose
crystal depth the scene is reproduced; palatial residences, modern bungalows, church spires, domes and
towers in turn caught and pictured upon nature's film, the while the air is redolent with orange bloom and
resonant with song of meadow-lark and mocking-bird.

Bradentown schools will compare favorably with the graded schools of any state north, east or west,
having a $35,000 high-school building. Both the grammar school and high school are under the super-
vision of a competent superintendent and corps of teachers.
Athletics are fostered, and for the past two years Bradentown High School has won the State
Scholastic Championship in both football and baseball.
Nowhere in the United States is there a better or more wholesome religious atmosphere than in
Bradentown, where three-quarters of its citizens are members of the. church, and where over 1,000 are
regularly enrolled in the Sunday schools. Eight denominations are represented here as follows: Episco-
pal, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Primitive Baptist, Christian, Catholic, and Christian Science.

MR. A. F. WYMAN, August 29, 1916.
Chairman Publicity Committee,
DEAR SIR:-Replying to your inquiry as to my success since coming to Florida and as to how I :iked the climate, will
state that I moved to Bradentown from Baltimore, Md., in December, 1910, having been engaged prior to that time in the
mercantile business. On coming to Manatee County I purchased a small tract of combination land, growing some fruit and
vegetables. At the end of the frst year, though entirely inexperienced in truck farming, my books showed a net profit for
the year of over $1,500.
We have lived here constantly ever since, going north three times on visits. Have been uniformly successful, and have
enjoyed excellent health and am better satisfied with Manatee County every day.
I have just purchased 120 acres additional land, and am this year considerably enlarging my farming operations.
Very truly yours,

A Morning's Catch
Royal Palms and Water Front of a Bradentown Home

View from one of Bradentown's Drives
Moonlight on the Manatee River, from Bradentown Wharf

Three Hours' Sport
A Morning's Catch

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Bradentown Water Works
Ice Plant

City Hall and Fire Station
Electric Light and Power Plant






Manavista Hotel Hotel Florida Golf Links
Bradentown has a number of hotels, among which are the following: Arlington, Cedarhurst, Eco-.

berta, Gaar House, Hotel Florida, Juplinor, Illinois Hotel, Keystone, The George, Manavista, Prospect
House, and Redfern, besides numerous rooming and boarding houses offering accommodations ranging
from the modest to the more elegant.

At no place on the Florida Coast is there better fishing than in the waters of the rivers; bays, and
Gulf along the Manatee Coast. Tarpon, kingfish, mackerel, redfish, groupers, and in fact all fish that
inhabit the Florida waters are caught here. Millions of pounds are shipped annually from this county by
professional fishermen.
Bradentown has expended $20,000 in the making of a first-class, nine-hole golf course on 70 acres
of land peculiarly adapted to that purpose-only ten minutes' walk from the Court House-and will
conduct the same on a municipally owned plan, making a very modest charge for playing. A professional
in charge during the Tourist Season assists novices and assures all appointments being first class.
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from the modest Lo the more elegant.


Bradentown has expended $20,000 in hhe making of a first-class, nine-hole golf course on 70 acres
of land peculiarly adapted to that purpose--only ten minutes' walk from the Cour House-dand will
Gonducl the same on a municipally owned plan, making a very modest charge for playing. A professional
in charge during the Tourist Season assists novices and assures all appointments being first class.

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Native Cattle on Prairie

A Thriving Field of Corn

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Rice Field Near Bradentown
View in 500-Acre Field of Corn and
Velvet Beans Near Bradentown
Rird's-Eye View of 500-Acre Field of Corn
and Velvet Beans Near Bradentown


Bradentown is unique for a town of its size in that it has a magnificent moving-picture theater for
the entertainment of its citizens and visitors, where only Paramount and other high-grade feature
pictures are shown. The building was built for this special purpose, being modern in its appointments,
seating six hundred people.

The most important industries of Manatee County are the growing of citrus fruits and vegetables.
Here grapefruit reaches perfection; not only is the soil perfectly adapted to its growth, but the climatic
conditions are the best. Besides having the Gulf of Mexico on the west the waters of Tampa Bay reach
for miles along the northwest portion of the county giving protection from freezes and ruinous frosts.
Recognizing these advantages, the largest growers have located in this section. The famous Atwood
Grapefruit Grove, which is the largest producing grapefruit grove in the world, is located on the north
bank of the Manatee River, a short distance from Bradentown. The Manatee Fruit Company have a
grove twice the size of the Atwood grove rapidly approaching its prime. In addition to having the
largest groves this county has the distinction of having the most productive grove per acre in the State.
This teni-acre grove has paid to the owner more than thirty-one thousand dollars in two successive crops.
The Manatee County oranges and grapefruit are famous the country over. Owing to the geographical
location and the natural character of the soil, its exemption from cold, and an abundant supply of artesian
water, it produces the largest variety and quality of vegetables of any county in the State. The vege-
tables are grown during the winter months, a time of the year when they can not be grown in the states
further north, thereby enabling the growers to receive good returns from their labors.
The approximate output of fruits and vegetables is 6,000 cars, bringing into the county between
$3,000,000 and $4,000,000 annually. Forty-four thousand carloads of fruit and vegetables were shipped
from this State in a season, of which one-seventh was from Manatee County. Vegetables are grown during
the winter. From Thanksgiving Day fresh, ripe tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, celery, strawberries, and other
fruits and vegetables, or at least some of them, are included in the daily table menu of every well-
regulated family and boarding-house.
Manatee County is one of the leading celery districts in the State. During one week $50,000
worth was shipped, and the season was only just beginning to open. Here is produced the largest num-
ber of crates to the acre of the finest quality of any celery that goes to the market. To the successful
grower, the yield is 600 to 1,000 crates per acre, often bringing $2.00 to $2.50 per crate f. o. b. ship-
ping point.
It is not uncommon for a truck farmer to realize $1,000 per acre, with a rotation of tomatoes,
lettuce, eggplant, and celery. The record crop from one acre of truck land is $3,500, with average
yields from $600 up. In one day this season $63,000 was deposited in one bank as revenue from tomatoes
alone. The reader should not conclude from these figures that every one who engages in trucking here
would receive record results. As in every section of the country and in every enterprise the personal
factor figures largely in successful operations. These figures illustrate what can be done and evidence
the wonderful fertility of the soil of this section, and the generous cooperation of nature with human
effort. Here, as elsewhere, the greatest successes accompany the most efficient methods.

The Citrus Fruit Exchange handles a large proportion of the citrus fruits in such a manner as to
bring to the grower much larger profits than in former years. The Exchange has been a great factor
in improving the quality of the fruit produced, as well as the methods of handling and packing the same.





Bradentown is in the Heart of Florida's Best Orange and Grapefruit Section


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Clearing the Land Breaking the Soil
Planting Citrus Trees Harvesting Hay
A citrus grove begins bearing at three years of age and increases in production, under proper
treatment, until thirty years or more of age. There are thrifty trees in this county which were planted
in the "sixties."
Manatee County employs both a County Demonstrating Agent and a Canning Club Demonstrator,
and is producing results in agricultural products, live stock, and poultry raising that are occasion for
great surprise to visitors from other parts of the country. Where heretofore dependence has been
confined to native stock for dairy and beef, cattlemen are awaking to the advantages of the best breeds,
using the cheap native stock as a basis for improvement. Jersey, short horn, and Hereford are among
the most popular breeds, and do well because of the excellent foods grown here in abundance, and the
climate so favorable to all kinds of live stock.
The Duroc Jersey, Poland China, Berkshire are among the leading breeds of hogs, and flourish for
the same reason that cattle flourish. The native razorback is still raised more especially for the benefit
of local epicures.
Pasture grows the year round for stock raisers. Rhodes grass produces well in the low, heavier
soils, cutting from four to seven tons per acre. Natal grass does best on the higher and lighter soils,
cutting from three to five tons per acre. Sorghum produces well as forage. Other stock food crops,
including Indian corn, produce heavily. These facts combined with the equable climate make it possible
to engage in the industry at the minimum cost for feed and shelter, with the advantage of the best
markets, and live-stock raisers are being attracted hither.

Mangel Beets for Hogs and Cattle
Eggplant in March

Sunflowers for Chicken Feed





A stranger coming here for the first time is agreeably surprised to find that the choicest poultry
and dairy products are readily obtainable in these markets, at prices that compare favorably with prices
in the markets of northern cities, and his surprise increases when he learns that these are "home products."

Poultry foods flourish and poultry raising is comparatively easy. Kaffir corn, Egyptian wheat, sun-
flowers, and rice, all good foods, produce abundantly. Many of the high-grade strains are successfully
raised. The several Rocks, Leghorns, Orpingtons, Brahmas, Cochins are in evidence. The display of
poultry at the county fair, including turkeys, geese, ducks, etc., as well as chickens, was a thing of
beauty to the layman and a joy forever to the fancier. Climatic conditions make it possible to hatch
chicks all the year round, making it possible to put spring friers on the market ahead of all other sections.

Sugar cane planted in December and January (one planting good for from three to ten years)
yields from 500 to 600 gallons of syrup per acre, worth to the grower from 60 cents to 75 cents per
Sweet potatoes planted in June, July, and August yield from 150 to 350 bushels per acre, and sell
from $1.00 to $1.50 per bushel.

And what more can we say to those who are seeking new homes for health, business, or pleasure?
A splendid climate, winter and summer; golf; good roads for motoring; beautiful bays and beaches for
boating, fishing, and bathing; electric lights, day and night; artificial ice; good schools, churches, and
public library; a rapidly growing, prosperous, hospitable, cosmopolitan city, giving a cordial welcome
to all. We stand at the dawn of a new day and bid you come and help us make it glorious.


Celery, planted in field October and November. Seed-beds
sown in July and August. Yield 600 to 1,000 crates per
Cauliflower, set out in September, October, and November.
Yields from 20u to 600 hampers per acre.
Beans, August and September (Fall Planting). Yields from
100 to 200 hampers per acre.
Lettuce, sown in September, transplanted in October and
November. Yields from 400 to 800 hampers per acre.
Cabbage, sown in September and October, transplanted in
October and November. Yields 150 to 250 barrels per acre.
Eggplant, sown in October and November, transplanted in
November, December, and January. Yields from 600 to
1,000 crates per acre.
Sweet Peppers, sown in September, transplanted in October
and November. Yields from 500 to 1,000 crates per acre.
Tomatoes, sown in December, January, and February.
Yields from 150 to 500 crates per acre.
Cucumbers, planted in January. Yields from 300 to 600
crates per acre.
Squash, planted in January. Yields from 150 to 200 crates
per acre.
Beans, planted in January (Spring Planting).
Okra, planted in January and February. Yields 200 to
400 crates per acre.
Rhodes Grass. Excellent for both hay and pasturage.
Will produce 5 to 7 tons of hay per acre.
Mangel Beets, sown in September and October. Produces
heavy yield, and is fine for cattle and hogs.

Natal Grass makes 3 to 5 tons per acre of excellent hay.
Dwarf Essex Rape, sown in September, October, and
November, affords fine pasturage for hogs and sheep.
Irish Potatoes, planted in January. Yields from 100 to
300 bushels per acre.
Onions, sown in September and October. Yields 500 to
1,000 bushels per acre.
Sweet Potatoes, planted in June, July, and August.
Yields from 150 to 350 bushels per acre.
Strawberries, set out in August and September, will pro-
duce fruit from November to April.
Sugar Cane, planted in December and January, one plant-
ing good for three to ten years. Yields from 500 to 600
gallons of syrup per acre.
Rice, sown in June and July. Yields from 40 to 50 bushels
per acre.
Corn, planted in January and February. Yields from 15
to 75 bushels per acre.
Para Grass yields from 5 to 8 tons of hay per acre.
Bermuda Grass produces fine hay, and both Bermuda and
Para furnish excellent pasturage.
Sorghum produces from 5 to 10 tons of hay per acre.
Velvet Bean belongs to the family of legumes, adds nitrogen
to the soil, and is one of the largest and best 'hay crops
raised in the State.
Cassava is one of the greatest forage crops, furnishes ex-
cellent food for cattle, hogs and chickens, and produces 15 to
30 tons per acre.

Snap-Beans in March
A 50-Acre Celery Field in January
Celery Packing in Mid-Winter

Strawberries at Christmas

Peppers in February






Grapefruit Grove

Three-year-old Grapefruit Tree on Pine Land

View in Grove

Orange Grove

Gathering Grapefruit



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