Everglades City
Gateway to the Ten Thousand Islands, is a charming mix of old and new, and a reminder of an earlier age. 


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The area around Chokoloskee Bay, including the site of Everglades City, was occupied for thousands of years by Native Americans of the Glades culture, who were absorbed by the Calusa shortly before the arrival of Europeans in the New World, 

The Calusa (said to mean fierce people ) are a Native American tribe that once inhabited the southwestern coast of FloridaThe Calusa (said to mean fierce people ) are a Native American tribe that once inhabited the southwestern coast of Florida

Located near Florida’s southern tip and southeast of Naples, Everglades City is known as the gateway to Ten Thousand Islands. 

Everglades City,
The Calusa People    
The Lost Tribe of Florida

The population of this tribe may have reached as many as 50,000 peopleThe Calusa men were tall and well built with long hair. Calusa means "fiercepeople," ...

The Calusa are said to have been the descendants of Palaeo-Indians who inhabited Southwest Florida about 12000 years ago.

The ancestors of the Calusa are said to have survived by hunting prehistoric animals such as woolly mammoths and giant tortoises, and collecting fruits and other edible plants.

At some point of time in their history, this tribe discovered that there was a wealth of fish in the waters, and began to exploit this resource.


The first permanent settler was William Smith Allen

American settlement began after the Civil War, when Union sympathizers who had farmed on Cape Sable to supply Key West during the war, moved up the west coast of the peninsula.

Everglades City is the last outpost for travelers entering the vast watery domain ... and Calusa Indians poled along these waterways hunting and fishing for food. ... When Everglades City was first established as an Indian trad- ing post in 1873, ...

The first permanent settler was William Smith Allen, who arrived on the banks of Potato Creek (later renamed the Allen River) in 1873. After Allen retired to Key West in 1889, George W. Storter, Jr. became the principal landowner in the area.

George W. Storter, Jr. became the principal landowner in the area.

Storter gained fame for his sugar cane crops. He opened a trading post in 1892, and gained a post office, called "Everglade", in 1895. Storter also began entertaining northern tourists who came to Everglade by yacht in the winter to hunt and fish.

His house eventually grew into the Rod and Gun Club, visited by United States Presidents and other notables.

Barron Collier

In 1922 Barron Collier began buying large areas of land in what was then southern Lee County.

In 1923 the Florida legislature created Collier County from Lee County, with the county seat at Everglade.

The town was incorporated the same year as "Everglades" (adding the "s"). The town consisted of only a dozen families at the time, but some northern sportsmen had established winter homes there.

The Tamiami Trail, which crossed Collier's domain, passed five miles north of Everglades City. While construction was proceeding on the Trail (it was completed in 1929), Collier pushed construction of what became State Road 29 from Everglades City to Immokalee, providing the town with its first land connection to the rest of the state.

In 1928, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad began service to Everglades City, which became the southernmost point the Coast Line ever reached.

Reverse has an ink stamp that reads Reverse has an ink stamp that reads "The Deep Lake Company Everglade, Fla". Handwritten caption on reverse reads "Railway at terminal looking north Everglade, Fla. 1922. Equipment: #one gas engine. 1 Jerry boy - flat cars". - See more at: http://i.colliergov.net/museum/railroad-historic-archive/04.5.5.jpg.php#sthash.vMS7i6Qc.dpuf

Service was provided by an extension of the Coast Line's Haines City branch from Immokalee to Deep Lake, where it connected to Collier's Deep Lake Railroad, an earlier railroad that transported agricultural freight. The railroad was removed in 1957.

Florida's legislature moved the county seat to East Naples, Florida. In 1965, the state legislature changed the town's name to Everglades City.


Things to Do

Canoe the mangrove tunnels. Take a fishing and backcountry excursion. Hike through the Big Cypress National Preserve near Everglades City.

And try not to miss the l, a taste of Florida as it used to be. Generally held in February, the festival is as laid-back as a day on the river, yet as lively as a tune on the banjo.

Popular activities include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, sea shelling, fishing, boating, birding and wildlife viewing.

Everglades City is surrounded by several scenic parks, including Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier-Seminole State Park, and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.

Being within a few miles of these parks and preserves allows explorers to experience a variety of ecosystems seen by very few.

Also nearby are informative and scenic nature centers including Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Shark Valley, Butterfly World, and Briggs Nature Center.

Everglades City is located on County Road 29 at the intersection of State Road 41. You can fish from shore on one of the many seawalls around the city.

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Experience the heart of the Everglades! Join others on guided adventures with a naturalist guide or rent canoes or kayaks to go out on your own.

There is another world waiting for you. It is found where the pavement ends and the old world of Florida begin - flat water rivers, lush tropical forest, and a habitat rich in wildlife.

Imagine paddling quietly, observing breathtaking beauty and gliding up close and personal with the local animal life.

Let go of the stress and discover why our paddling trips will become the highlight to your vacation.

Everglades City is a small, quaint, fishing village, located on the northwest boundary of Everglades National Park.

The locals are fishermen specializes in stone crab claws and provide travelers opportunities to experience this unique area.

Everglades City has a wonderful history and is an interesting little fishing village which will take you back in time to Old Florida.

Everglades City is surrounded by several scenic parks, including Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier-Seminole State Park, and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.

Being within a few miles of these parks and preserves allows explorers to experience a variety of ecosystems seen by very few.

Also nearby are informative and scenic nature centers including Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Shark Valley, Butterfly World, and Briggs Nature Center.

This untamed environment has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance.

It boasts over 1,000 species of plants, over 40 species of mammals, over 360 species of birds, over 50 species of reptiles, and 4 species of venomous snakes!

Spend your vacation in this exceptional backyard!

Everglades Frontier

Click any of the Stories below
 And Travel to Florida's Magnificent Everglades.

Florida's Magnificent Everglades - A small group of visitors clusters at the edge of a pond behind the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Everglades National Park. Two minutes of visiting the Everglades and the first gator had already been spotted. Try spotting a bear that fast in Yellowstone.

"CRACKER" The term stems from the early days when Florida cowboy cow cavalrymen, in lieu of the rope used by Texas cowboys, welded a bullwhip, 10 - 12 feet long made of braided leather, and when snapped over a cow's head, made a sharp"crack".
Thus was born the term "cracker"

Romancing the Swamp Local eco-tour provider wades into the Florida wild. Scared of the swamp? Intrigued by the swamp? Then explore the swamp. It will forever change you.

"Square Grouper" - Historic Everglades City 

The Hidden History of Everglades City as Florida's last frontier

Everglades City Florida Was The Square Grouper Capital at one time in the recent past.

In the 1970's and 1980's, Everglades City and Chokoloskee became notorious for their trade in "square grouper", a euphemism for bales of marijuana.

Everglades Stories - We’re trying to find ways to restore wetlands and to do it in a way that will really benefit the water quality when it finally does leave the land and also to store the water there and not sort of pipeline it straight into Lake Okeechobee and pipeline it into the everglades.

The Square Grouper - Through the Everglades to a shore about 20 miles to the west of Flamingo, called Cape Sable.and was said to have a pink beach literally made from shells, and also was habitat to the rare and elusive Cape Sable Sparrow, which we all wanted to see.

The Calusa Shell IndiansThe Calusa (kah LOOS ah) lived on the sandy shores of the southwest coast of Florida. These Indians controlled most of south Florida.

The population of this tribe may have reached as many as 50,000 people.

The Calusa men were tall and well built with long hair. Calusa means "fierce people," and they were described as a fierce, war-like people.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida The Seminole people are the descendents of the Creek people. The diversity of the Tribe is reflected in the fact that its members spoke seven languages- Muscogee, Hitchiti, Koasati, Alabama, 


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