Long famous for its Key Marco Cat -- one of the most remarkable and influential discoveries in North American archaeology -- the Marco Island Historical Museum explores Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene.

 

Permanent and traveling exhibits trace the settlement of this subtropical island paradise from its early pioneer roots as a fishing village, pineapple plantation and clam cannery, through its explosive growth and development in the 1960s by the Miami-based Deltona Corporation.

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Marco Island Historical Museum

180 S. Heathwood Drive
Marco Island, FL 34145
(239) 642-1440
Tue-Sat 9am-4pm

Happy National Day of the Cowboy!

The era of the cowboy, or more appropriately in Florida, the era of cow hunters, began in the 16th century. Numerous Spanish expeditions brought cattle to Florida, from 1521 on. By 1600, some 20,000 head of now wild cattle grazed in Florida’s interior. By the mid-1800s, especially after the Armed Occupation Act of 1842, cattle ranching was a way of life. And it still is.

Immokalee, FL became a booming area of cattle herding in the form of the Red Cattle Company and other family operations. Today, you can still experience the adventure of cattle ranching at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch. With over 13 acres of ranch, 15 original buildings, and a wealth of history, the cattleman’s story is alive and well in Immokalee.

Check out this video from this year’s Cattle Drive event and don’t miss next year’s Cattle Drive on March 10, 2018! ... See MoreSee Less

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Atlantic Coast Line Railroad map, July 15, 1947. ... See MoreSee Less

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Bank of the Everglades opened on July 9, 1923 and was the only bank in Collier County until 1949. It would eventually move two more times. ... See MoreSee Less

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