History of Naples Florida

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The History of Naples Florida

Welcome to beautiful Naples and the History of Naples Florida located on the Gulf of Mexico, a paradise of sun, sandy white beaches and nature harmoniously blended with the cosmopolitan and cultural center the City of Naples has become. With all its activities and attractions Naples has to offer it is a great place to live and visit. Discover Naples with its over 35 golf courses, beautiful Naples beaches, boat & water sports, fishing at Naples Pier, enjoy the pleasure of dolphins, pelicans & the gorgeous sunsets, charter a boat for deep-sea fishing, shop & dine at Third Street in beautiful Olde Naples, The Mercato or Waterside Shops in North Naples or Venetian Village.

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Naples offers also a lot of activity for culture such as the Philharmonic Center for the Arts or the Dinner Theater and quiets a few wonderful art galleries as well as some historic sites to visit. Take a Trolley Tour through Port Royal and enjoy the display of luxury homes. If you feel like touring Mother Nature visit Wiggins State Park and Naples Caribbean Gardens or take a more adventures swamp buggy tour or an air boat ride thru the Everglades. The fun & adventure in Naples is endless, enjoy your trip.

History of Naples Florida - how it began

The only people once to stroll Naples' seven miles of white, sandy beaches, were the Caloosa Indians.
The first to settle were Roger Gordon and Joe Wiggins, arrived in Naples in the late 1860's. A river and two inlets still bear their names.

Throughout the 1870's and '80's, magazine and newspaper stories telling of the area's mild climate and abundant fish and game likened it to the sunny Italian peninsula. The name Naples caught on when promoters described the bay as "surpassing the bay in Naples, Italy." In 1887, a group of wealthy Kentuckians, led by Walter N. Haldeman, purchased virtually the entire town of Naples.

One of the first improvements Haldeman and the Naples Company made was to build a pier 600 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. The unusual "T" shape allowed large ships to dock easily. Despite being destroyed and rebuilt three times, the pier's "T" shape remains.

In 1911, Barron G. Collier bought over a million acres of untouched swampland - including most of Naples. Collier believed that Florida's west coast could enjoy the same boom that the east coast was experiencing in the 1920's; but first it was necessary to bring in roads and railroads. Based on Collier's promise to help build the Tamiami Trail, in 1923 the state legislature created Collier County, of which Naples is the county seat.

Collier spent more than $1 million of his own money to construct the Tamiami Trail, which opened in 1926 as the only paved highway linking the state's two largest cities - Tampa and Miami. Collier died before he could see his dream come true, but it came true. Today, Naples enjoys unparalleled prosperity.

The area's unrivaled sport fishing, hunting, boating, sun bathing, and beach combing attract people today just as it did a century ago.

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