With a combination of historic photographs from the collection of the Naples Historical Society and vintage postcards from the collection of Nina H. Webber, author Lynne Howard Frazer, executive director of the Naples Historical Society, highlights the colorful history of the once-remote and rustic town, with many never-published images of the original Naples Hotel and Pier.
Naplesby Lynne Howard Frazer, Naples Historical Society
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Naples celebrates the story of one of southwest Florida's most renowned beach resorts, from its tenuous beginning in 1885 through the tumultuous year of 1960, when Hurricane Donna nearly destroyed the town once hailed as the "Summerland in Wintertime." Founded as a place where "invalids can escape the chilling blasts of winter," the distant paradise was accessible only by boat, and by 1890, the new town boasted a pier, the Naples Hotel-and little else. With train service arriving in Naples in 1927 and the opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928, the once-remote resort was finally open to development, but the Depression turned the dreamed-of boom into a bust until after World War II. The picture-perfect beaches and warm winter climate were soon "rediscovered," and by the time Hurricane Donna stormed ashore on September 10, 1960, Naples was the fastest-growing city in Collier County.
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