Cape Coral, FL (Images of America Series)

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Many are surprised to discover that Cape Coral's history dates back further than the boom of the 1960s. Indeed, homesteader families were living a rough-and-tumble life in the Cape's wilderness for much of the 20th century. Still, there is no denying that the city took a turn with the arrival of Jack and Leonard Rosen in 1957. These visionaries brought their Gulf American Land Corporation to Southwest Florida and built a modern city from scratch. Model homes, roads galore, an airport, a police force, the Cape ...
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Many are surprised to discover that Cape Coral's history dates back further than the boom of the 1960s. Indeed, homesteader families were living a rough-and-tumble life in the Cape's wilderness for much of the 20th century. Still, there is no denying that the city took a turn with the arrival of Jack and Leonard Rosen in 1957. These visionaries brought their Gulf American Land Corporation to Southwest Florida and built a modern city from scratch. Model homes, roads galore, an airport, a police force, the Cape Coral Country Club, the Nautilus Motel, and the famous Rose Gardens-all rising out of the woods on the north shore of the Caloosahatchee River. Hundreds of miles of canals were dug so that nearly every home was on or near the water. Hollywood celebrities turned out to promote properties to Northerners looking for the good life in sunny Florida. It was one of the largest planned developments ever in the United States-and it was a rousing success.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738567716
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 1,363,526
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Veteran Southwest Florida journalist Chris Wadsworth, author of Images of America: Bonita Springs, has joined with Anne Cull, curator of the Cape Coral Historical Society Museum, to produce this treasure trove of remarkable images. The duo pored over thousands of photographs and archival materials to capture the excitement and energy of Cape Coral's unique history.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Settlers: Life on Harney Point Road 9

2 Rosen Brothers: Developers with a Dream 19

3 Aviation: Cape Coral from the Sky 37

4 Early Amenities: Places to Go, Things to Do 43

5 Rose Garden: The Famous Cape Coral Gardens 61

6 Celebrities: Hollywood Glamour on the Cape 71

7 Waterfront Wonderland: Life on the Water 83

8 Daily Life: Becoming a City 93

About the Organization 127

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