Florida Bradentown "The Friendly City"
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Sixty-three rooms. $1.00 to $3.50
Sixty-five rooms. $4.00 to $6.00.
Thirty rooms. $1.50 to $2.00.
Twenty-eight rooms. $1.00 up.
Twenty-two rooms. $1.00.
New, three-story, steam heat, all cooking by
electricity By day, week, month or
season; $600 and up for season.
Hot and cold water; janitor services.
$400 to $700 per season.
Large rooms; fireplaces; all comforts.
$600 and up for the season.
Flats 1 1 furnished; fine location.
H. M. Garrison.
Wallace Building. New. $200 and up
for season.
Prospect Avenue. New. $150 and up
for season.
Manatee Avenue. New brick building.
$350 and up for season.
In private homes; $25 and up per month.
In private homes; 1,000. $5 and up
per week.
BOARDING iw..T-'fc
Capacity: 800. Rates I per week.

Bradentown has acquired the name of "The
Friendly City" through the recommendation of
its many visitors during past years. No city
in Florida is more noted for the hospitality of
its citizenship.
You are made to feel at home from the time
you cross the threshold and you are soon made
to feel you are a part of the real life and spirit
of the city. This spirit of friendliness is found
in business houses, hotels, clubs and churches.
A well laid-out business district with wide
streets, up-to-date stores and shops splendidly
kept and efficiently managed make shopping a
Substantial and modern business buildings
give the business district an atmosphere of
progress and prosperity.
You may come as a visitor and perchance
you may only make a short visit but the social
atmosphere, the charming surroundings and
perfectness of climate kindles within you a
desire to return at the first opportunity.

Bradentown's location, on the south shore
of the mile-wide Manatee River, gives this city
pre-eminence commercially, as a health resort,
as a hub for the tremendous fruit and vegeta-
ble growing industry.
No town in the country has a more beautiful
situation. On a gentle bluff overlooking the
river which empties five miles away into Tampa
Bay. It is but nine miles to open sea-this
down a broad river and across a bay which
extends fifty miles north and south. These
waters give Bradentown immunity from cold.
Every kind of tropical and semi-tropical palm,
shrub, flowering tree or plant grows luxuriantly.
The sunsets here are sublime in their beauty.
Looking straight down the river from Braden-
town one can see the sun declining in the west
and sink to rest in the boundless Gulf; the sky
takes on all the colors an artist would aspire to
paint, but no artist could depict the coloring
of a sunset as seen from Bradentown, so
gorgeous yet so soft and tender the coloring.

Roque has been established as one of the
most scientific and popular games among the
out-door sports.
Bradentown has for some time maintained
three of the finest courts of this kind that can
be provided. On these courts have been
played tournaments and match games by many
of the expert roque players of the United States.
But the demand has become so great owing
to the popularity of this game that there has
recently been built six additional courts in the
new recreation park.
These courts were built under plans drawn
by Mr. A. J. Gates, official engineer of the
American Roque League. One of these is a
covered court electrically lighted and with
adequate seating capacity for the comfort of
the players as well as the admirers of this
great game.
The lovers of this game can play from early
morning far into the night in one of the most
ideal spots that nature can provide.

Think of a beach nine miles in extent, where
the silvery waves chase each other from the
depths of the majestic Gulf, breaking into frag-
ments upon happy and contented old men and
women and romantic lads and lassies and
playful children all unmindful of the cold and
frozen northlands. Such a scene can be wit-
nessed any day in the year within a twenty
minutes' drive of Bradentown over hard sur-
faced roads through groves and gardens to the
Island of Anna Maria.
This Island, within itself, is a gem of rare
beauty. On one side the placid waters of the
bay teeming with all kinds of salt water fish;
on the other the Gulf of Mexico with its white-
caps glittering in the sunlight.
The Island is dotted with bath houses, cot-
tages and bungalows for the convenience of
those who are seeking a place of rest and
recreation, ideal in all appointments.


It is not all play and business in Braden-
town. The spiritual and intellectual side of
life are made paramount.
School buildings of the most modern archi-
tecture and equipment are in evidence. College
trained teachers of highest type are in charge.
Graduates from the High School are ad-
mitted to many of the larger colleges and
universities upon credits from the high schools
of this city.
Practically all churches are represented
with handsome church plants and up-to-date
facilities. This is indeed a church-going city.
The city maintains a public library with
thousands of volumes, which is open to the
One of the most pretentious Woman's Club
buildings in the South is the center of many
social activities.
Lodges of all orders are represented, and
the Kiwanis Club, Country Club, Boy Scouts
and American Legion add much to theo ial
and intellectual life.

The real angler can satisfy every whim and
fancy in the varied waters of gulf, bays and
rivers adjacent to Bradentown. He can go a
few miles into the country where the water is
abundant with the big mouth black bass,
perch, bream, or into the gulf and bays for
the grouper, sea trout, snapper, channel bass,
devil fish, red fish, king fish and hundreds of
other salt water fish, or if he craves heavier
work he can encounter the deep sea bass
weighing 60 to 600 pounds, or more thrilling
yet he can match his wits and skill with the
mighty silvery tarpon weighing from 50 to
200 pounds.
Lovers of this sport travel hundreds of miles
from all parts of the country to Florida to
conquer this mighty king of the deep.
Nowhere are varieties of fish more abundant
or more accessible than in the waters around

This folder is intended to convey to you
some of the attractions of Bradentown and
Manatee County.
Bradentown is the county seat of this rich
agricultural county. The public buildings and
grounds surrounding form a setting of unusual
tropical beauty.
To the tourist who is seeking a place to
combine rest and recreation, where you can
enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, golf, roque,
tennis, horseshoe pitching, etc., in a spot richly
endowed by nature and embellished by the
cunning of man, Bradentown invites you.
To the man who wants to secure a home in
a city modern in business and social advan-
tages, Bradentown invites you.
To the man who wants to invest in orange
and grapefruit groves, lands or trucking lands
in the most productive county in the State,
Manatee County invites you.
For further information address Bradentown
Board of Trade, Bradentown, Florida.

Bradentown has not overlooked the fact that
a great majority of people who come to Florida
during the winter are seeking a place for play
and recreation. And with this fact in mind
the city has recently acquired a large plot of
ground near the heart of the city which has
been converted into one of the most ideal play-
grounds in the State. The park is 750 feet
long by 100 feet wide, and is covered with
large oaks, palms and all kinds of semi-tropical
shrubs and flowers. In this park is provided
roque courts, tennis courts, horseshoe pitching,
In addition there has been provided a
spacious club house for all kinds of indoor
games, a place where tourist club meetings and
social gatherings can be held. Indeed, a place
to get acquainted and exchange stories and
form lasting friendships.
Bradentown is the permanent training quar-
ters of the St. Louis National Baseball Club.

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Two trunk line railroads, the Seaboard Air
Line and the Atlantic Coast Line railroads
provide through train service, including Pull-
man and dining car, from all points North,
East and West to Bradentown.
Through Pullman accommodation can be
secured from New York, Boston, Cleveland,
Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati and intermediate
The East & West Coast Railway runs
daily trains to Arcadia, connecting with trains
to Punta Gorda, Ft. Myers and inland points.
These railroad accommodations are supple-
mented by daily boat service to St. Petersburg
and Tampa. At the latter point boat con-
nections are made to New Orleans, Cuba and
Southern and Eastern ports.
And for the motorist here is a real joy. A
drive over the Tamiami Trail (Federal Aid
Road) north to Tampa, connecting with hard
roads to Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Lakeland,
Orlando and all interior cities, is one never to
be forgotten as to perfectness of roads and

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About one-half mile from the center of the
business district stretches a nine-hole golf course
that is a delight to the devotees of this inter-
national sport. The course is 3,100 yards in
length and is laid out on fertile ground that
made easy the construction of grass turfs in
the fairways.
Carefully kept grass greens make putting a
pleasure. The par on this course is 36. The
course, with its semi-tropical setting, favored
with continuous and balmy breezes, cheered
by the music of the mocking bird and meadow
lark is an irresistible lure to the golfer.
The Bradentown Golf and Country Club
house adjoins the golf course and is located
in a beautiful orange grove and is the scene of
many social functions at all seasons of the year
and especially during the winter months, when
the tourists are here. The privileges of the
golf course are open to all visitors and residents.

In Bradentown you do not have to confine
your pleasures to the many attractions of city
and water but you are afforded the joys of a
surrounding country unexcelled in richness and
Hard roads lead in all directions through
orange groves and vegetable gardens.
These groves and gardens are in full fruitage
during the winter months and their products
are being shipped by fast freight to the North,
supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to that
part of the country when it is covered with
snow and ice.
Lying just off of the mainland are many
beautiful islands, connected with the main-
lands by free bridges.
These islands are rich in groves and truck
farms and have unusual protection from sud-
den changes of temperature. Among the most
noted are Terra Ceia Island, Sneads Island
and Perico Island. These are not only
famous for agriculture but for rare specimens
of tropical and semi-tropical plants.

Facts About Bradentown

Twenty miles paved streets
Thirty-five miles sidewalks
Two banks-deposits $2,404,856
Eight churches
Public Library
Woman's Club Building
One daily newspaper
One weekly newspaper
Golf course
Country Club
Kiwanis Club
One theatre
Tourist park
Nine roque courts
Ternis courts
Finest baseball diamond in Florida
-spring training camp of the St.
Louis (N. L.) and Syracuse (I.
L.) clubs and home grounds of
Bradentown club of the Florida
State League
Tourist club house
Three railroads
One steamboat line
Adjacent to islands on Gulf
Surf bathing in the Gulf
Fresh water and salt water fishing
Small game in abundance
Vegetable and fruit center
One car fruit and vegetables moving
every 90 minutes during year
from county.


"When the Divine Creator of all things
carved Florida upon the map of the world,
He seems to have looked with especial favor
upon certain regions. And so we find within
His garden peninsula another garden. That
garden is 'The Land of Manatee.'
"In all the world there is no section more
fertile, more blessed of nature by showers and
sunshine, and more sparkling in its scenic set-
ting than Manatee County. With resources
scarcely touched, and landscapes as varied as
they are beautiful, 'The Land of Manatee' is
one of the most fascinating spots in this en-
thralling state.
"Pages upon pages could have been written
upon the beauty of this region before the hand
of man ever touched it. During the last few
years, however, a marvelous transformation
has taken. What was once a natural para-
dise has become a modern wonderland."


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