Fort Myers, Florida : Lee County, Florida (904)
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FORT MYERS, The Gate City of the Tropics, is the
County Seat of Lee County and is situated on the
Southern bank of the beautiful Caloosahatchee
River, fifteen miles from the Gulf of Mexico. It
is 311 miles south of Jacksonville, 147 miles south of
Tampa, and is 400 miles farther south than San
Diego, California.
History. The first historical account of Fort Myers on
record is when it was occupied by the United States
Militia on November 4, 1841. It was abandoned March
21, 1842 and until 1850 there is nothing known of the
place and it was apparently forgotten. On February
14th Major Ridgely was ordered to proceed to the mouth
of the Caloosahatchee, select the most eligible point on
its southern bank, establish a military post and name
the place Fort Myers in honor of Col. Abraham C.

Myers, distinguished veteran of the Mexican war and
at that time the chief quartermaster of the War
Department of Florida. Fort Myers was occupied by
the militia for eight years, on account of disturbances
with the Seminole Indians. In May, 1858, the troops
were removed from Fort Myers and the name and a few
stone relics are all that remain as mementoes of its for-
mer military importance. Fort Myers has grown from
an army post, established 1841, into a thriving city of
several thousand inhabitants.
Climate. The rapid growth of this city and territory is
due, primarily, to its ideal climate. The climate of Fort
Myers is the gateway to eternal Spring and for this
reason it has become celebrated and much sought after.
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the West Indies. Many people labor under the impres-
sion that because of the extreme southern location of
Fort Myers, the heat would be very oppressive during
the summer months, but this is an error. On ac-
count of its proximity to the Gulf, the cooling breezes
that sweep across the peninsula from ocean or gulf,
thereby mitigating, in a great measure, the disagreeable
sequences of warm days and high humidity, and the
showers wlich occur almost daily through the summer,
the temiperatuire in this semi-tropical region is wonder-
fully mild and delightful. The warmest weather occurs
during July and August. The mean summer temper-
atures range from 80 to 85 degrees, continuing about 80
degrees during the month of September.
Health. The primary thing to consider in seeking
a new location is the healthfulness of the country.
One may circle the globe and not find a climate
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be found in this section. Pneumonia and many of
the common diseases of the North are practically
unknown here.
People suffering from overwork and nervous diseases
are restored to health by living out in the open
among the flowers, fruits and birds.. Pure artesian
water for drinking lri.. -..- can be obtained in any
Tropical Verdure. The sunsihie of all Florida turns
into tropical warmth when it reaches Fort Myers and the
tropical plants and flowers that grow only indifferently
well elsewhere flourish in rioting luxuriance at Fort
Myers. Frosts are almost unknown, as is evidenced by
the tropical verdure. The tourist, upon entering North
Florida, is not particularly impressed with that fact, for
the general character of the country and its products are
the same as in Southern Georgia. In Central Florida
there is little of a tropical nature to impress the tourist
other than the extensive orange groves and
occasional specimens of the hardier palms.
It is not until one crosses the broad Caloosa-
hatchee and enters Fort Myers that the
stranger finds himself within the real tropics
of Florida, where all manner of plants and
flowering shrubs of a tender nature are found
growing in riotous profusion in the open
without any protection whatever. There
are more than fifty varieties of palms grown
at Fort Myers, including the rare Traveler,
Date, Fishtail, Corkscrew, Fan Palm, India
Sugar Palm, Royal Palm and many others.
Many residences of the city are surrounded
with grounds that are rare botanical gar-
dens, rich in tropical color and fragrant with
the perfume of many flowers. The golden
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Royal Poinciana, red and pink Hibiscus,
and a multitude of other tropical flowers
blossom with wonderful profusion through-
out the year.
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well supplied with a number of elegantly equipped hotels
that are designed to afford comfort and to provide the
homelike conveniences which the northerner seeks dur-
ing his visit to the sunny South, and which always afford
pleasure and satisfaction. The spirit of congeniality per-
vades the atmosphere and no effort is spared to provide
the necessary social facilities to meet the requirements
of their patrons.

Social Conditions. The social life of Fort
Myers is highly developed, and its moral tone is
of an unusually high standard. The citizenship is
composed of people from almost every state in
the Union and many European countries. They
are progressive and energetic and all labor to-
gether for the general welfare of the community.
The true spirit of southern hospitality reigns
supreme and newcomers may rest assured of
receiving a cordial welcome.
Churches. The leading Christian denomina-

tions are well represented here, there being seven churches.
The ministers and members of the different churches
heartily co-operate with one another in having Union
meetings and in the building up of the spiritual life of
the community. Plans have been laid for the erection
of a magnificent church, which will soon be in course of
construction. The plan as projected will be thoroughly
modern in design and worked out along departmental
lines. The building when completed will
S.. provide the most modern equipment. The
estimated cost is $75,000.00.
Railroad Service. Fort Myers is the
southern terminus of the Atlantic Coast
Line Railroad. Pullman cars run between
here and Jacksonville, where close connec-
tions are made with all trains to and from
the North and West. Other transportation
facilities are cross state motor bus and boat
lines, and a municipal aviation landing field
at Fort Myers.



Schools. Fort Myers has an excellent school system,
being recognized as one of the best in the State. At pres-
ent the city has four schools-a Grammar School, known
as the Andrew D. Gwynne Institute, an accredited
High School, known as the Gwynne High School, the
Bungalow School, for the use of primary grades, and
the new Lee County High School. Both Institute and
High School are con-
structed of brick, have
modern standard
equipment and every
requisite of light, ven-
tilation and sanita-
tion. They are pro-
vided with a capable
corps of teachers,
whose standards are
high. The course of
study is thorough and
practical from kinder-
garten to high school. "
The new Lee County
High School, one of .
the most complete PARADE OF
school buildings in the State, is constructed of brick, two
stories in height with basement, has the best in sanita-
tion, the most modern in teaching methods, the highest
in patriotic purpose. The cost, $100,000.
Recreations. Opportunity for recreation invites the
stranger to riding, motoring, tennis, golf, boating, bath-
ing, fishing, hunting, roaming through primeval forests,
trapshooting, associating with congenial people
under sunny skies and reveling in tropical
gardens of entrancing beauty. All these amuse-
ments and more may be enjoyed without any .--
unpleasant restrictions. Afternoon and even- -
ing open-air band concerts are given by an
excellent musical organization which is en-
gaged regularly every season. Their splendid
selections, both popular and classical, will de-
light the heart of every music lover. Oppor-
tunity for dancing is afforded several times a
week at the Pleasure Pier, which extends 1,000
feet into the Caloosahatchee River.

Fishing. "The Fisherman's Paradise" is a name well
merited by this section. Of all the sections of the United
States, in gulf, ocean, river, lake, or stream, there are
no better fishing grounds or a greater variety of the finny
tribe to be found, nor can any place be found with a
greater variety of sport. The Caloosahatchee River, and
the number of smaller streams running into it, the gulf
and. its many passes,
bays and harbors teem
with fish of every va-
riety known in south-
ern waters-sea trout,
grouper, mangrove,
.snapper, channel bass,
Spanish mackerel,blue
fish, sheephead, shark,
devil fish, king fish,
red snapper, and deep-
S sea bass weighing from
fifty to six hundred
pounds. Lee County's
pla C HILDp .water is the home of
the Silver King," the
L CILDREN tarpon, the greatest
game fish that swims. Many weighing over two hun-
dred pounds have been caught and the prize offered by
"Field and Stream" has been won by this section for
the past ten years.
Hunting. If your fancy turns to hunting, there is no
spot on earth affording you a better opportunity for dis-
playing your marksmanship. The principal varieties of


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game are deer, quail, turkey, bear, squirrel, duck, wild-
cat, panther, snipe, some of which are very conveniently
accessible from Fort Myers. From Fort Myers, too,
the huntsman can readily penetrate into the fastness of
the County where truly rare sport is to be found.
It is interesting to note that just a few days ago a
large panther was killed in the Everglades. The beast
measured nine feet from tip to tip and is the largest
panther that has ever been brought out of the Big Cy-
press. Experienced guides for both hunting and fishing,
and all suitable equipment can be obtained in Fort
Golf. Fort Myers has an excellent eighteen-hole golf
course, aggregating 6,388 yards in length, bogy 83 and
par 74. It is one of the best courses to be found any-
where in the South. It is laid out on a large tract of
land, through pine groves and is located about two miles
from the center of the city, and the drive out to the club
house along the river front is most charming. To re-

lieve the flatness
of the land, a
great amount of
work has been
done in the way -
of building arti- COCOANUT TREES
ficial mounds,
hummocks and hollows, particularly in the neighbor-
hood of the putting greens. The course presents a fine
example of what can be done in producing artificially
an undulating surface, on what would otherwise be
perfectly flat land. Because of those undulations, very
accurate play is required in approaching the greens.
There is no monotony in the putting-greens, as each one
is different in design, and all have undulating surfaces
and irregular outlines. When the course was laid out
by Donald J. Ross, the famous golf architect, particular
care was taken to design it so that, as far as possible,
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Motoring. The McGregor Boulevard affords a fifteen-
mile exhilarating spin to Punta Rassa on the Gulf of
Mexico. Fringed with fruit groves and handsome im-
proved home places and with winter gardens and native
pines and palms, within clear view of the broad Caloosa-
hatchee, and with an atmosphere heavy with the

fragrance of grapefruit and orange blossoms," Which floats
like mist laden with unseen showers and falls upon the
eyelids like faint sleep," here is a drive of unsurpassing
tropical charm and beauty and of wonderful exhilara-
Yachting. For yachts and launches there is probably
no other city or town in Florida whose waters offer more
delightful opportunities along its tropical bays and
rivers. The route up the Caloosahatchee is one of the
most beautiful trips in Florida, and the tourist coming
south for the purpose of seeing its beauties should in-
clude the Caloosahatchee River in his itinerary, as it
presents one of the grandest tropical trips in the State.
Caloosahatchee River. The Caloosahatchee (Carlos-
A-Hat-Chee) was named after Carlos V of Spain. It has
the distinction of being the most beautiful river in Florida,
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Caloosahatchee River has its headwaters in the Ever-
glades section of Lake Okeechobee, and it is the only
outlet for this immense body of water to the Gulf of
Mexico. It flows seventy-three miles in a westerly di-
rection, emptying into San Carlos Bay near Punta Rassa.
From Punta Rassa to Fort Myers the river has an aver-
age width of one and one half miles. A few miles East
of Fort Myers it suddenly contracts to a narrow stream
not over a quarter of a mile wide, and its width gradually
narrows until long before Fort Thompson is reached,
the width from bank to bank is scarcely more than 150
feet and, indeed, in places, less than this. Seagoing vessels
are operated to Fort Myers, and light draft boats operate
to Lake Okeechobee via Caloosahatchee River and
State canals.
Bathing. Fort Myers has one of the finest bathing
beaches in Florida, known as Crescent Beach, so called
because of the fact that the island forms a perfect crescent
on the gulf side. The beach is seven miles long and offers
excellent opportunities for automobiling. The placid
waters, silvery sand, which glistens like myriads of dia-
monds, and cool, balmy breezes invite the visitor to com-
plete rest and relaxation. The bathing is simply perfec-
tion and the water is most healthful and invigorating.
There is absolutely no fear of undertow or of any finny
monsters. Not only is it pleasant to bathe here during
the day, but moonlight bathing is often indulged in.

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Anyone who has not experienced its delights, has a joy to
come for such moonlight one seldom sees outside of the
tropics. The water is never chilly. The temperature of
the water is about 70 degrees all the year round.
Crescent Beach is forty-five minutes from the city by
auto, and pullman busses.
WHEN Mother Nature was seeking for a place on
which to shower her favors, she must have selected
Fort Myers, for on no other place has she lavished as
many of her gifts.
Fort Myers is the El Dorado of opportunities and
possibilities, and all that is needed is the master hand
to develop these natural resources. More men of vision,
purpose and determination are needed. Men who are
in search of a territory that will challenge their highest
powers and endeavors, are invited to visit Fort Myers
and investigate the wonderful opportunities offered, and
be convinced by ocular demonstration of the merits of
this city.


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S EE County (the largest County
in the State) with its 186 miles
of Gulf Coast line is indented
`- by many bays and streams and
possesses innumerable beauti-
L' t ful islands of all sizes. Its sea
S,-.coast is more extensive than
that of any other County bor-
_f k_, during on the Gulf. Along this
great sea coast are many
beaches equal to those of the
Atlantic seashore. The County
-, contains 2,579,840 acres, being
larger than Rhode Island,
Delaware and District of Columbia combined, or is about
equal in size to the island of Porto Rico. Lee County's
assessed valuation is $8,429,671. Lee County has a
population of 12,640 and an interesting feature is that
267 Seminole Indians are among its inhabitants. The
latent resources of the County are comparatively un-
developed and the opportunities offered for the invest-
ment of capital in all lines of endeavor is one of its strong
features. The County contains some of the richest land
to be found anywhere and a great deal of it is as yet
unsurveyed. There is no County in Florida, and cer-
tainly none in any other State in the Union, that offers
as tempting attractions to the prospector or can compare

with it in luxuriant vegetation, natural beauty and
fertility of the soil. Lee County has the distinction of
being one of the most healthful Counties in Florida.
The official death rate is one-third of one per cent an-
Fort Thompson, in days of old, was a temporary
United States army post located on the southern bank
of the Caloosahatchee River at the head of tidewater
navigation. It was named in honor of Lieutenant-





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Colonel Alexander R. Thompson, Sixth Infantry, a gal-
lant officer of the war, killed at the head of his regiment
in the battle of Okeechobee, December 25, 1837. Here
is located the million dollar cattle ranch consisting of
eight thousand acres under fence, a part of which is
called "Cow Heaven" because the wonderful grazing
lands are provided by Nature with shade, water and
a great variety of nutritious grases;. The
ranch demonstrates the practicability of

section, and offers superior advantages to agriculturists,
fruit growers and other home-seekers.
Fort Denaud was once a United States Military post.
It is located on the Caloosahatchee River about twenty-
four miles East of Fort Myers. It is thought to have
been established in the winter of 1837-8 by Capt.
B. L. E. Boonville, Seventh Infantry, as a depot of
supplies for troops operating in that vicinity.
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raising thoroughbred beef and dairy t neik in -
Lee County under proper conditions. "u POINT
Fort Thompson has an Electric Light Plant,
and, also, an artificial Ice Plant, which furnish ice and
light to various points on the river.
Labelle, "The Beautiful," a charming little city, is
located on the Caloosahatchee River thirty-five miles
East of Fort Myers on the main hard surfaced road now
being constructed between Fort Myers and Palm Beach,
and is the second largest city in the County. It has long
been considered the center of the cattle industry, of
which Lee County is justly proud. The rich, well
watered prairies surrounding the city furnish pasturage
for thousands of head of range cattle. LaBelle has a
fine, modern school building, a bank, several churches,
first-class stores, a good hotel, paved streets, fire depart-
ment, and is a well known stopping point on the trans-
state waterway through Lake Okeechobee. The city is
supplied with electric lights from the power plant in
Fort Thompson. It is in the heart of a fine agricultural

i. Frenhimnin by the name of Pierre Denaud,
)PE BEND from whom it derived its name. After a series
of occupations, it was finally evacuated as an
army post in May, 1858. A steel bridge spans the river at
this point. The rich hammock lands in this vicinity
are well adapted to general farming, corn, sweet potatoes,
as well as large acreage of citrus fruits and sugar cane.
Alva is about twenty-five miles from the Gulf of Mex-
ico, eighteen miles East of Fort Myers and has a greater





elevation than any point on the Caloosahatchee River.
It is connected with Fort Myers by river and a splendid
hard surfaced road. Alva has one of the largest grape-
fruit groves in the State, which extends several miles
along the river front. Lee County is famous for its
citrus fruit, especially grapefruit, and the Alva fruit is
recognized as being among the most select the market
affords. A large citrus packing house has been con-
structed recently at Alva. This model house is a source
of considerable pride to that progressive community.
Under normal conditions about a quarter million boxes
of citrus fruit are shipped from the Alva district an-
nually. Alva has an up-to-date graded school, and the
children from the outlying districts are brought in and
returned by auto busses owned and operated by the
school district. The town is provided with comfortable
hotels, modern churches and a free library, which con-
tains 3,000 volumes. Citrus growing is the main oc-
cupation. However, delicious strawberries are raised in
this section and no better Florida cane syrup is made
than is produced here. Poultry raising and bee culture
can also be made paying industries.
Owanita, a charming little spot surrounded by trop-
ical verdure, is situated upon the bank of the Caloosa-


hatchee River about two miles west of Alva. It is in a
fine fruit growing section. Here is located a splendid
packing plant upon one of the most picturesque sites in
Lee County. It is ideally equipped with the latest pack-
ing machinery and has a capacity of approximately
50,000 boxes a season.
Olga is located on the Dixie Highway and Caloosa-
hatchee River and is in close proximity to its twin-sister,
Idalia. The Dixie Highway crosses the river here by a
steel bridge. The road at this point is the main trunk
line, connecting Lee County with all northern points.

The land is hammock and high pine, and the raising of
peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and other vegetables are
highly profitable. The raising of sugar cane is, also,
an important industry. On every hand extensive orange
groves charm the beholder. The people are progressive
and hospitable and heartily invite the homeseeker to
investigate this section and the advantages it has to offer.
Other points of interest in this section are Turners and
Hansford between Alva and LaBelle; Rialto and Caloosa
City between Buckingham and Alva; and Upcohall,
between Woodrow and Olga. All kinds of citrus fruits
are successfully grown in this section. The soil is, also,
well adapted to general farming, and the growing of
sugar cane is extensively carried on.


Buckingham is nine miles from Fort Myers on the
main Dixie Highway, which is an excellent hard surfaced
road connecting Lee County with the North. It is
located on the beautiful Orange River, which derives
its name from the extensive orange groves fringing the
river bank for many miles.
The quality of land in this
vicinity is considered very
fine. It is classified as ham-
mock and high pine and is
well adapted to citrus fruits,
sugar cane and general crops.
Woodrow bears the name
of our world-renowned ex-
president and is a thriving
little village on the north side
of the Caloosahatchee Ri ver.
The lands are constantly in-
creasing in value and are TARPON
splendid for fruit growing, stock raising, sugar cane and
grasses. It is easily accessible, being located on the
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
New Prospect, located on the northern bank of the
Caloosahatchee River opposite Fort Myers, contains
some valuable grove property. The soil is fertile and
well adapted to trucking. A contract has been let for the
construction of Lee County's part of the Tamiami Trail
north to Punta Gorda via New Prospect, connecting Fort
Myers with Tampa, distance one hundred and thirty miles.
Iona lies twelve miles south and west of Fort Myers
and is one of the most famous trucking districts in the



State. Immense quantities of peppers, eggplant, toma-
toes, cucumbers and other vegetables too numerous to
mention are raised here every winter. The lands in this
locality are of rich, sandy loam with a marl base. Due
to its protection from frost by water lying to the north-
ward, tender vegetables can
be safely grown during the
entire winter; thus making
TS .-. thiss industry very remuner-
ative. Some very extensive
drainage operations are be-
ing conducted here at the
present time. Bonds amount-
ing to $600,000 have been
sold for drainage purposes
and the contract has been
let for the work amounting
to 92 miles of ditch, which is
USEPPA now under way and is to be
completed in 1922. There are 24,500 acres embraced in
the drainage district, and when completed a suitable
drainage ditch will be available for each forty-acre
Punta Rassa, the Spanish name for Flat Point, lies
at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River, fifteen miles
southwest of Fort Myers, with which it is connected
by hard surfaced boulevard, and by the Caloosahatchee
River, whose channel between these points was recently
dredged to give a draft of ten feet. Here is located the
office of the cable to Havana, Cuba, which has been
maintained since 1866, and it was through this cable


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station that the news of the sinking of the Maine was
flashed to the world.
Estero Island, located fifteen and one-half miles
south of Fort Myers, is des-
tined to become one of the
greatest pleasure resorts on
the lower Gulf Coast. Cres-
cent Beach is unexcelled any-
where in the State. Its seven
wonderful miles of firm, sil-
very sand is impearl'd with
shells of various hue, and
when the sun is shining with
a luminous warmth it makes
the whole island glisten with LANDING AT
the splendor of a gem. The
big waves and sheets of salty
spray speak more eloquently
than words of fun in store.
A bridge across the Bay to
the Island affords excellent
communications with Fort
Myers and brings it within
forty-five minutes of the
city by auto.
Sanibel Island is j ust PUN
across the bay from Punta
Rassa. Of the many islands that lie off the West Coast
of Florida, Sanibel is, perhaps, the best known. Its tall
lighthouse is the oldest and is considered one of the
most important on the Western Coast. Its western
shore is washed by the Gulf of Mexico and affords
wonderful opportunities for safe and delightful surf-




bathing. This island claims the most prolific shell beach
on the Gulf Coast. A great many varieties of shells
have been classified from these sands, some very rare
and of exquisite coloring. The
gulf and bay abound in fish
of great variety, ranging
from the tarpon down to the
smaller catch. Aside from
being a delightful winter re-
sort, Sanibel is also an excel-
lent trucking district, the
quality of her tomatoes and
the size of her peppers hav-
ing long been recognized.
EELIA ISLAND Eggplant and cucumbers are
also raised extensively. A
large packing plant is located
here which has its own brand.
It is recognized as being
Standard and is known
throughout the United States.
Captiva Island, separated
from Sanibel by a narrow,
winding channel called Blind
Pass, is another popular re-
sort. The two islands are
ASSA connected by a bridge in
addition to a good, shell road. It is noted for its ex-
cellent fishing. Col. Theo. Roosevelt caught his largest
devil fish at this point. Every winter hundreds of
fishermen visit this pass and have great sport in captur-
ing the tarpon or "Silver King." Captiva has fourteen
miles of hard sand beach, which offers delightful


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opportunities for bathing and automobiling. The avoca-
dos pear, "the fruit with a future," is raised extensively
on this island. An outdoor school of national reputa-
tiori for boys is located on this island at the present
time. Boys from every state in the Union attend this
school during the winter months under the supervision

ful opportunities for development. A hard surfaced
road runs the entire length of the island. A no-fence
law is operative on Pine Island.
Bokeelia, "The little mouth," just north of Pine
Island is a most attractive place. Many well-built
cottages are to be found here. Hotel accommodations
available. It has a beach two miles long where one
may enjoy surf bathing.
Useppa Island. The Spanish name for Josefa or Jose-
phine, is famous in history as having been the home of
pirates a century ago. The island contains about one
hundred acres and is covered with tropical growth,
making it picturesque. All outdoor sports are enjoyed
throughout the season. The sportiest nine-hole golf
course in Florida is located on Useppa Island, which
adds to the pleasures of this attractive resort. The
fishing is unexcelled-the waters abound in giant tarpon,
King fish, sea trout, mackerel, grouper, channel bass
and others. High-class hotel accommodations are avail-
able. Boats are operated between Useppa and South
Boca Grande during the tourist season.
Boca Grande, beautifully situated between the Gulf


of Prof. Clarence E. Snyder. The success of the school
has resulted in the purchase of forty acres of land
on Estero Island where Prof. Snyder expects- to per-
manently locate his winter school.
Cayocosta Island lies directly north and west of
Captiva, between Boca Grande Pass and Captiva Pass.
It is about six miles long and offers about the same
opportunity for development as the adjacent islands.
The U. S. Government has a Quarantine Station located
here, and there is, also, a Government lighthouse
reservation on the island.
Pine Island. The largest island on the Gulf Coast,
is nearly midway between Tampa and Key West. It
is six and a half miles from Boca Grande, eighteen
south of Punta Gorda and twenty-two west from Fort
Myers, with which three points it is connected by daily
boat service, except Sunday. Pine Island is famous for
its fine citrus groves, avocados pears and other tender
tropical fruits. Due to its wonderful water protection
against killing frosts, climatic conditions, peculiar soil
formation, which, unlike the other islands along the
coast, was once a part of the mainland, it affords wonder-

of Mexico and Charlotte Harbor, is noted as being the
home of the Silver King. When weary from playing the
wily tarpon, one can drop his line to the other side of
the boat and indulge in lighter sport of catching red
fish or grouper and numerous other kinds of fish. Other
means of diversion are boating, tennis, and golf. The




surrounding country is picturesque and interesting-
The marvelous palms and tropical plants all hanging
in a soft, dreamy silence; the balmy air; and the placid
waters, invite the visitor to complete rest and relaxation.
The hotels give ample first-class accommodations to
visitors. South Boca Grande is one of
the greatest natural ports on the Florida '
West Coast, having an inner basin rang -
ing from 30 to 60 feet in depth with a
dredged channel of only six miles to deep
water in the open gulf. It is the second
largest phosphate shipping port in the
State, and it is predicted that South
Boca Grande will one day be the great-
est phosphate rock port on the Gulf of
Estero is charmingly situated upon
the banks of the Estero River, sixteen

vegetables. Water transportation is, also, available via
the Imperial River, Carlos Bay and the Caloosahatchee
River. The principal industry is fruit raising, grape-
fruit taking the lead. Bee culture and the growing of
sugar cane are proving very productive and profitable.


Among the vegetables successfully grown are okra, toma-
toes, eggplant, beans, peas and cabbage. The rich,
heavy, black soil near the coast is well adapted to sugar
cane, while the sandy soil in the immediate vicinity of
Bonita Springs is better suited to the cultivation of
citrus fruits.
Immokalee is located in about the center of the
County and is thirty-eight feet above sea level. It is
the highest point in the County with the exception of
the hills in the vicinity of Caxambas. The lands around
Immokalee are very fertile and especially adapted to
sugar cane raising. Some fine orange groves are, also,
located in this vicinity. An extension of the A. C. L.
Railroad is being built from Haines City in Polk County


miles south of Fort Myers on the Tamiami trail. It is
noted as being the home of the Koreshan Unity, who
have extensive holdings and whose grounds contain many
rare plants. A weekly newspaper of much merit is
published here. Estero is one of the coming towns of
the county, being the center of a fine citrus-growing
section. With the completion of the Tamiami trail,
affording adequate transportation facilities, this will be a
very interesting and attractive place to the homeseeker.
Bonita Springs is situated twenty-three miles south
of Fort Myers on the Tamiami trail. This affords good
transportation facilities for the marketing of fruits and


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to this point and if the present progress is maintained,
it should be completed within the next few months.
Immokalee is the front door to "The Big Cypress,"
the greatest hunting grounds in the State.
Naples-on-the-Gulf, is a charming resort situated
upon the Gulf of Mexico on the Tamiami trail thirty-
eight miles
south of Fort
Myers. This
is one of the
finest bathing "&SA
places on the -
Gulf Coast, 1;
having seven, .
miles of main- 4'k.,Ak -

land beach, 4 . ,- 4
and many vis- '
itors state that TYPICAL CATTLE
it greatly resembles the beach at Atlantic City. Fishing
is splendid at this point, and the long pier extending out
into the Gulf in front of the hotel makes fishing very
convenient and enjoyable. Other means of diversion
are hunting, boating, dancing, riding and golf. There
is a splendid hotel at this point thoroughly equipped
with all modern conveniences. Winter vegetables and
fruits, such as oranges, grapefruit, limes, avocados, man-
goes, sapadillos, bananas and pineapples are raised here.
Marco, the home of an old Indian Chief from whom
it derived its name, is the site of the greatest clam can-
ning industry in the South. Three large canning fac-
tories are located here. These factories are equipped
with the most modern machinery and have furnished
employment for over nine years. Boat building opera-
tions are, also, quite extensive. It is an excellent fishing


place, as is evidenced by numerous fishing boats and nets
and during the winter season is visited by some of the
most noted sportsmen of the North. All tropical growth
is seen here but the cocoanut predominates. A beautiful
land-locked harbor affords perfect anchorage for the
elegant yachts that frequent these waters each season,
while the hotel provides ample accommodations for
their owners.
Caxambas is situated on the southern extremity of
Marco Island. It is the center of another large clam
canning industry. Here is located a fourth-and the
oldest-clam chowder factory. The canned products
are conveyed in schooners to Key West where it is
shipped to the northern distributing points and sold
from these points throughout the United States, Canada
and a few foreign countries. The hotel at this point is
located seventy-eight feet above sea level, thereby af-
fording acom-
manding view
of the sur-
country. At
no other place
in Florida can
o. ne see such
..w o n d e r f ul
.sunsets. The
roseate sun
NE AT LA BELLE sin king to
sleep in the heaving ocean's bosom and throwing gleam-
ing bands of sunset across the rolling waters produces
a magical charm never to be forgotten. Caxambas is
the beginning of the ten thousand island system and
the vicinity affords an ideal cruising ground, which
presents a panorama unfolding to the view one of the
fairest sights to be found in the world.
Everglade, an indian trading post twenty-five miles
south of Marco, is situated on a high fertile island.
Seminole Indians come out of "The Big Cypress" and
Everglades to barter trinkets and purchase necessary
provisions, but no inducement is great enough to per-
suade them to leave their beloved native haunts and
follow the path of civilization. This section abounds
in game-a veritable paradise for the hunter, while
Deep Lake and West Pass are well stocked with almost





every variety of the finny tribe, which challenge the
fisherman's skill.
Chokoloskee, another trading post, is five miles
south of Everglade and is the end of the settled country.
It is the last chance to secure gasoline and provisions
for boats southward bound. This section is raw, un-
developed and little known but presents unlimited pos-
sibilities. With the completion of the Tamiami Trail
and reclamation of the rich, muck lands of the Ever-
glades, this section will be teeming with investors and

Among Lee County's natural resources must not be
forgotten her great marine wealth. Numerous fish
houses are situated along the coast at which points fish
are collected and shipped to northern markets. The
waters are stocked with various kinds of animal life that
are not only important as a food value but may be
utilized to appease the more complex needs of man-
kind. The Ocean Leather Company with factory on
Sanibel utilizes the skins of sharks, porpoises and other
species of the whale family in preparing leather, oil and
fertilizer for the market.


Population, 6,500.
Assessed value of city lipperty, $7.,:1.iiiiii., .
Commission-Manager form of government.
Paved streets.
Cement sidewalks.
Public Park.
Storm and sanitary sewers.
City fire department.
Municipal waterworks.
Artesian water supply.
Two commercial municipal piers.
One municipal pleasure pier.
Electric light plant.
Third largest ice plant in state.
Four citrus fruit packing houses.
Seven churches.
Four schools.
Three banks.
Robert E. Lee Memorial Hospital.
Public Library.
Two moving picture theaters.
Two daily papers.
Western Union Telegraph.
Civic and fraternal organizations.
Two produce packing houses.
Community council.
Eighteen-hole golf course.
Club House.
Hotels, boarding houses and apartments.
Automobile bus lines.
Fifteen-mile boulevard to gulf.
$100,000 Court House.
Free band concerts twice a day.
Daily boat service.
Four drug stores.
Ten garages.
Three cigar factories.

THIS booklet is paid for by Lee County, and is issued under the
auspices of the County Commissioners and Fort Myers Chamber
of Commerce.
Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is the chief Information Bureau
of Lee County. It is always ready to extend every courtesy, give
information, and assist newcomers in finding *uit,,l,. locations and
Those desiring a copy of this booklet, or any other information,
should address
Compiled and written by PANSY REED
May 1922



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