Jul 12, Everglades City: One Of Florida's Last Pioneer Frontiers
Everglades City Florida is on the Barron River south of Tamiami Trail in Collier County, Florida. Its nickname is “Gateway to the Ten Thousand Islands”.
It is at the end of State Road 29 and takes about 35 minutes to drive there from downtown Naples. The population is around 600 people, more or less.
Everglades City is a convenient place to stay while exploring the Everglades, Chokoloskee and the Ten Thousand Islands.
It is a place of magic and mystery
It is also a place where hardworking Florida Crackers eked out a living from the shallow waters of the mangrove fringed Everglades.
Charlton Tebeau has written a nice book, The Story Of The Chokoloskee Bay Country”, that tells about the history of the entire area.
A long time resident of Chokoloskee Island, the late Totch Brown , wrote “Totch: A Life In The Everglades” that has the authentic flavor of somebody who was born and raised there.
Long before Totch’s ancestors came to the Chokoloskee Bay country, the Calusa Indians lived in the area. Early settlers said that the Indians grew potatoes along the banks of the Barron River.
Everglades Rod and Gun Club
The first white settlers began to