Monday, September 16, 2019
Home Island History

Island History

Estero Island has a rich history and many interesting old tales. Explore this unique place on these pages.

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Sands of Time, Florida’s Role in the Civil War

Twenty-two million people live in Florida today because of the Civil War, stated Palm Beach Post reporter Eliot Kleinberg on April 8, in his...
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A Capsule History of Estero Island Part 2

Sands of Time: Growth, Development, Booms and Busts Visitors and residents in 2019 may find it hard to picture Fort Myers Beach as an uninhabited stretch...
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A Capsule History of Estero Island

Part 1 - Early Settlers Are you new to Fort Myers Beach? Perhaps a returning visitor or a resident who wants to know more about...
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Fort Myers Beach Historical Attractions

There is no denying the main draws that lure people from all over the nation and world to Fort Myers Beach are our white...
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Sands of Time, Historic Beach Shopping Plazas

Santini Marina and Sea Grape If Florida is the original land of boom and bust, then Fort Myers Beach should be dizzy from riding historic...
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Florida: Weird, Wonderful, Unique

Sands of Time “Florida is America’s weirdest state, and also the one with the greatest influence on the other 49,” declared Craig Pittman to open...
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Marauder Crash Families Honor the Ultimate Sacrifice

The Price of Freedom The Memorial Day Holiday Weekend means different things to different people: The unofficial start of summer. The end of school. Neighborhood...
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Discover and Preserve Local History: The Estero Island Historic Society

A Walk through Estero Island History For an island whose history of human settlement dates back thousands of years, Fort Myers Beach has only a...
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The Early Years of Beach Elementary: A Community-Built School

A Walk through Estero Island History It is said the character of a community can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable residents....
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Island Life in the 1920’s – ‘30s

A Walk through Estero Island History Some have characterized Fort Myers Beach, up to the 1980’s, as a “quaint little fishing village.” But Crescent Beach/Estero...
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A Walk Through Estero Island History

The Florida Cracker Who and what is a Florida Cracker? The definitions and opinions vary, but this writer - a Chicagoan transplanted to Fort Myers...
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February Library Artist Sparkles

Nettie Price Artistic Innovator The Fort Myers Beach Public Library displays the works of a different artist each month in its 3rd floor exhibit area,...