Long hidden on the fringe of Florida's Gulf Coast and overlooked by developers until well into the 1880s, Naples' catalyst for settlement finally arrived forty years later when two rival railroads rolled into town within ten days of each other.

 

Set in Naples' restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station, the Naples Depot Museum welcomes visitors back to the railroading boom days of the Roaring Twenties and explains how generations of Southwest Floridians used technology and transportation to conquer a vast and seemingly impenetrable frontier.

 

Seminole dugout canoes, a mule wagon, antique swamp buggy, restored rail cars and exciting interactive exhibits tell the story of how trade and travel transformed Naples from a napping village of 300 souls into today's glittering Gulf Coast resort.

 

The Naples Depot Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is conveniently located in downtown Naples.

 

Also located on site is the Naples Train Museum. This privately operated museum features an interactive model layout and train ride for children. Open Sat 10 a.m to 2 p.m. For more information, please visit their website.

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Naples Depot Museum

1051 5th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 262-6525
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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