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The pioneer history of Bonita Springs stretches back to the 1880s, when an Alabama cotton planter named B. B. Comer bought 6,000 acres of land along Surveyors Creek. He started a tropical fruit plantation, and his tiny village became known as Survey, in honor of the U.S. Army engineers who had first surveyed the region during the Seminole Wars decades before. When Florida started to boom in the early 20th century, investors bought up much of the land in the area. They quickly gave the community the more ...
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Overview


The pioneer history of Bonita Springs stretches back to the 1880s, when an Alabama cotton planter named B. B. Comer bought 6,000 acres of land along Surveyors Creek. He started a tropical fruit plantation, and his tiny village became known as Survey, in honor of the U.S. Army engineers who had first surveyed the region during the Seminole Wars decades before. When Florida started to boom in the early 20th century, investors bought up much of the land in the area. They quickly gave the community the more attractive moniker Bonita Springs and renamed the nearby creek the Imperial River. Beautiful beaches and world-class hunting and fishing soon turned Bonita Springs into a tourist mecca. Popular roadside attractions sprang up along the fast-growing Tamiami Trail, including the Everglades Wonder Gardens, the original Shell Factory, and the famous Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738567211
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 1/26/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Veteran Southwest Florida journalist Chris Wadsworth has teamed up with Allison Fortuna of the Bonita Springs Historical Society to create this rich visual history of the city. Pulling photographs and stories from the society's vast archives, as well as the personal collections of longtime Bonita families, they have created Images of America: Bonita Springs, sure to be treasured by residents and visitors for years to come.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Land of Promise for the Settler 9

2 The Wild, Wild Southwest 23

3 Under the Banyan Trce 35

4 Gateway to the Gulf 53

5 Timber to Cut, Groves to Grow 63

6 "You Can Pitch a Tent Here" 73

7 Gators and Panthers and Bears! Oh My! 89

8 Remember the Dome 101

9 Donna's Fury 111

10 From Humble Beginnings to Boomtown 121

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