Escape Naples' dazzling pace of development for a day and spend a lazy afternoon exploring the history of nearby Everglades City. Once accessible only by boat, this remote frontier trading town took an ambitious new turn in 1923 as the hub of Barron Collier's personal Southwest Florida real estate empire - with a population of fewer than twelve families.

 

First opened in 1927 as a commercial laundry, today's Museum of the Everglades dates back to a time when construction of the famous Tamiami Trail was well underway and the tiny settlement of Everglades served as the first County seat. The museum's permanent and rotating exhibits provide visitors with an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of human history in the area and tell the story of those adventurous enough - and stubborn enough - to settle Southwest Florida's lush "River of Grass."

 

Faithfully restored to its original, 1920s Collier-era appearance, the museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located 35 miles east of downtown Naples.

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Museum of the Everglades

105 West Broadway Ave
Everglades City, FL 34139
(239) 695-0008
Mon-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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