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A VERY IMPORTANT YEAR
A WALK AROUND MARION AVE PART 2
Between the 41s
Punta Gorda ~ 1921
Aerial View of Punta Gorda in ~1921
What did Marion Avenue look like in 1921?
The Hotel Punta Gorda dominate the skyline harbor side. Let’s go up in the tower...
Cooper Hardware
Drug Store
Merchant Bank
Imagine you’re in tower of the Hotel Punta Gorda looking down on Marion Avenue. K...
1921 saw Marion Avenue changing from horse drawn vehicles to automobiles.
The wall on the right separates the Hotel Punta ...
Merchant Bank
New in 1917, The Punta Gorda State Bank was located near the corner of
Marion Avenue & King Street. It took over the depos...
This is the corner of Marion and Taylor. The tree on the left side is where
the water fountain is today and where the city...
Back in the tower of the
Hotel Punta Gorda
looking out to our right,
the Seminole Pharmacy
is the “Drug Store” in
the near...
B. Hugh Mobley,
the pharmacist at
the Seminole
Pharmacy, stands
outside under the
metal awning
surveying the
activities on...
Seminole
Pharmacy
Plaza Theater built in 1917 was
renamed the New Theater in 1932.
Photo ca. 1920
In 1921 to 1928 the Johnson Building, built in 1911 on the corner of Marion and DeSoto
(now Sullivan), provided rental off...
Inside the Clerk’s
office (most likely late
1920s)
Court room space was
rented from the
Masonic Lodge until
the county cou...
Plaza Theatre bldg.
Seminole Pharmacy
in this bldg.
Built in 1887, this hotel
was known as the
Dade, the New
Southland and...
Many businesses rented space from
building owners. The Vassa Jones
barber shop was operated in Punta
Gorda for may years i...
City Wharf was built at the foot of
DeSoto St in 1908 by volunteer
labor and contributions from
citizens of the community....
On July 4, 1921, Punta Gorda hosted 6,000 people in the celebration that accompanied the opening of the
Charlotte Harbor B...
The National Good Roads movement was
introduced in the early 1910s. FDOT was
organized in 1915. Federal and state money
wa...
Not all businesses were on main streets.
Some were located on the various wharves.
Out of town in the vicinity of Route 17 & Piper Road, a 9-hole golf course was built by public
subscription in 1919. It op...
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1921 Around Marion Ave. Part 2

Buildings in Punta Gorda between Marion Avenue and what is now 41S

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1921 Around Marion Ave. Part 2

  1. 1. A VERY IMPORTANT YEAR A WALK AROUND MARION AVE PART 2 Between the 41s Punta Gorda ~ 1921
  2. 2. Aerial View of Punta Gorda in ~1921
  3. 3. What did Marion Avenue look like in 1921? The Hotel Punta Gorda dominate the skyline harbor side. Let’s go up in the tower to see.
  4. 4. Cooper Hardware Drug Store Merchant Bank Imagine you’re in tower of the Hotel Punta Gorda looking down on Marion Avenue. King Street is to your left; Taylor Street, to your right. The next few slides will show street-level views of these buildings. Note that Marion Avenue has two-way traffic. Diagonal parking on the far side; parallel parking on the near side. Grocer& Millinery Barber & Pool Rm
  5. 5. 1921 saw Marion Avenue changing from horse drawn vehicles to automobiles. The wall on the right separates the Hotel Punta Gorda from Marion Avenue. Post Office
  6. 6. Merchant Bank
  7. 7. New in 1917, The Punta Gorda State Bank was located near the corner of Marion Avenue & King Street. It took over the deposits from the liquidated Punta Gorda Bank.
  8. 8. This is the corner of Marion and Taylor. The tree on the left side is where the water fountain is today and where the city Christmas tree is staged.
  9. 9. Back in the tower of the Hotel Punta Gorda looking out to our right, the Seminole Pharmacy is the “Drug Store” in the near center building. This photo is ca.1925 because the Charlotte Bay Hotel is the imposing structure in the center. Johnson Building is where Landsberg-Bennett & the Chamber of Commerce are now. Let’s take a closer look at that area. Movie Theater Johnson Bldg. Seminole Drugs
  10. 10. B. Hugh Mobley, the pharmacist at the Seminole Pharmacy, stands outside under the metal awning surveying the activities on Marion at Taylor ca 1921
  11. 11. Seminole Pharmacy Plaza Theater built in 1917 was renamed the New Theater in 1932. Photo ca. 1920
  12. 12. In 1921 to 1928 the Johnson Building, built in 1911 on the corner of Marion and DeSoto (now Sullivan), provided rental office space for the new county commission and the clerk of circuit court. This photo is probably closer to 1915 than 1921 based on the woman’s dress.
  13. 13. Inside the Clerk’s office (most likely late 1920s) Court room space was rented from the Masonic Lodge until the county courthouse was built in 1928.
  14. 14. Plaza Theatre bldg. Seminole Pharmacy in this bldg. Built in 1887, this hotel was known as the Dade, the New Southland and in 1914 named the Seminole Hotel. In 1920 it was moved down the street 1 block to where the car wash is today. It burnt down in 1922.
  15. 15. Many businesses rented space from building owners. The Vassa Jones barber shop was operated in Punta Gorda for may years in several locations. In the aerial photo at the beginning of this tour the Band Stand was located in the city park at the foot of Sullivan Street .
  16. 16. City Wharf was built at the foot of DeSoto St in 1908 by volunteer labor and contributions from citizens of the community. DeSoto St was renamed Sullivan …maybe after the creation of Charlotte County. In 1916 the Ladies Civic Improvement Association raised $2,000 to add a bath house on the wharf so that saltwater bathing could be one of the attractions of Punta Gorda every day of the year. In 1919 the group published a booklet Punta Gorda, Where Life is Worth Living. In words and pictures, they extolled the city’s virtues.
  17. 17. On July 4, 1921, Punta Gorda hosted 6,000 people in the celebration that accompanied the opening of the Charlotte Harbor Bridge. Daytime activities included swimming races, log rolling, band concert, baseball game and fish fry. A dance that evening in the Hotel Punta Gorda closed the festivities
  18. 18. The National Good Roads movement was introduced in the early 1910s. FDOT was organized in 1915. Federal and state money wasn’t available. Once out of downtown, road conditions varied widely. Citizens provided labor and materials by subscription. Counties could authorize taxing districts for public improvements and education. The communities of Charlotte Harbor and Punta Gorda were in the taxing district that DeSoto county created to fund the Charlotte Harbor bridge and roads leading off it at either end.
  19. 19. Not all businesses were on main streets. Some were located on the various wharves.
  20. 20. Out of town in the vicinity of Route 17 & Piper Road, a 9-hole golf course was built by public subscription in 1919. It opened in 1921. Seen here ca. 1922.

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