Monday, October 26, 2020

Barron Collier at Calusa Days


How to get there: From I-75 (Alligator Alley) take Exit 80 and drive south on SR-29 for about 20 miles, cross US-41 and continue south on CR-29 into Everglades City. Drive three-quarters of the way around the Circle and continue south for about a mile. The Gulf Coast Visitor Center at 815 Oyster Bar Lane is on your right before the Chokoloskee Bridge.

How to get there: From I-75 (Alligator Alley) take Exit 80 and drive south on SR-29 for about 20 miles, cross US-41 and continue south on CR-29 into Everglades City. Drive three-quarters of the way around the Circle and continue south for about a mile. The Gulf Coast Visitor Center at 815 Oyster Bar Lane is on your right before the Chokoloskee Bridge.

Happy Birthday, Barron Gift Collier!

Baron Gift Collier was born in Memphis, Tennessee 145 years ago on March 23, 1873. After earning millions in advertising, he became the largest landowner in Florida. He was also prominent in the Roaring Twenties, and was a generous philanthropist.

Join us on Saturday, March 24, to learn about this amazing man who changed the face of Southwest Florida. Hear how he had a county named for him when he was 50 year old, and forged a road through the Everglades as well as owning a chain of hotels and several newspapers.

Local historian Marya Repko will give a free talk about her new book “The Story of Barron Collier” at 1 PM in the Chickee Hut at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center of Everglades National Park during “Calusa Days.”

There are more interesting events during the day for all the family. Venture to the fringe of Everglades City for a fun festival!

For information, see nps.gov/ever/ planyourvisit/ or phone 239-695-3311.

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