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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2CDH_palmer-ranch_Sarasota-FL.html
After her visit to Sarasota in 1910, Mrs. Potter (Bertha) Palmer and family began buying thousands of acres in the region. One large segment extended from their Sarasota-Venice Company's Bee Ridge development south to Laurel. The present 10,000-ac…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2CCK_laurel-turpentine-company-blackburn-sawmill-quarters_Nokomis-FL.html
Laurel Turpentine Company As the turpentine industry spread through southwest Florida, landowners leased turpentine rights to contractors who hired operators for camps that would harvest gum from thousands of acres of pine woods. The Laurel Turpe…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2CCH_turpentine-venice-ice-house_Nokomis-FL.html
Turpentine Early in the 20th Century, turpentine camps were established in Nokomis and Venice. Typically black laborers cut a V-shaped "cat face" in the bark of pine trees, from which gum oozed into a clay or tin pot nailed to the tree.…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2CC8_south-creek-trestle-oscar-scherer-history_Osprey-FL.html
South Creek Trestle In early 1900 Seaboard Air Line Railroad (SAL) controlled 2,600 miles of track stretching from Virginia to Florida. In 1911 SAL constructed a 16.5-mile extension from Sarasota (Fruitville Junction) to Venice. The bridge over …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2CC1_johnson-chapel-albee-quarters_Nokomis-FL.html
The original Johnson Chapel building, located on Church Street in Laurel, was moved in 1947 from the Missionary Baptist Church in Osprey to become the sanctuary for the Johnson Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Laurel. Naming the church for thei…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM29XW_mable-ringling-memorial-fountain-luke-wood-park_Sarasota-FL.html
Side 1 Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain Mable Ringling, born Armilda Burton on March 4, 1875, married John Ringling on 1905 and became a Sarasota winter resident in 1911. Mable, an avid gardener, created the formal Ca'd'Zan rose garden. In the…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM29WS_the-booker-schools_Sarasota-FL.html
Side 1 Emma E. Booker, a pioneer Black educator was teaching in Sarasota's public school for Negro children in the 1910s. By 1918 she was principal of "Sarasota Grammar School" which held classes in rented halls. The Julius Rosenwald Fund helped …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WOV_winter-quarters-historical_Sarasota-FL.html
(side 1) Just east of this marker was the Winter Quarters of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, a favorite winter attraction for tourists. Occupying what was previously the County Fair Grounds, the show spread over many acres with its "…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WOU_bispham-dairy-historical_Sarasota-FL.html
(side 1) Jackson and Katherine Bispham started a dairy in 1922 north of Sarasota with Sarasota County Dairy Permit No. 2. Later that year Bispham moved his operation to the area of present South Tamiami Trail and Fiesta Street, named it Bayside D…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WOT_first-municpal-airport-lowe-field-historical_Sarasota-FL.html
(side 1) On January 12, 1929, Sarasota dedicated its first municipal airport located on 160 acres jsut west of Oriente Avenue, now Beneva Road, and north of Fruitville Rd. Pilots performed aerial maneuvers and stunts for the crowd, many of whom f…
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