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Updated: 11/30/2017 08:30:01AM

Punta Gorda to Celebrate Founders’ Day Week on the 130th anniversary of the city

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Hotel Punta Gorda

Texaco Station at Nesbit and Marion

The Bayshore Lodge, original home of the McAdows in the 1890s. Current home to Hurricane Charley's.

Allapathchee Lodge located near where Twin Isles Country Club is today.

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The city pier was at the foot of Sullivan Street with bath house was built in 1916 with volunteer labor and funds obtained by the Ladies Civic Improvement Association.

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First Church in Punta Gorda became the Methodist Church replaced after hurricane 1914.

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The ice Plant which is now the Ice House Pub.

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Hector Connelly House. This is where the vote on Punta Gorda’s incorporation took place in 1887. Seen here in 1905. Located at Taylor and Olympia where Hector Square is

By THERESA MURTHA

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Punta Gorda. In the mid-1880s right about the time the first electric fan was being invented, a man named Isaac Trabue began buying land on the south side of an estuary named Charlotte Harbor. He had his land platted into a town named after himself, “Trabue,” and sold fellow Kentuckians and other northerners as well as a railroad on coming there. During the first week of December in 1887, a group of early settlers, unhappy with Isaac, voted at the Hector House in Trabue and then traipsed up to the county seat (at the time Pine Level) to incorporate the town as the City of Punta Gorda.

On Friday, Dec. 1, through Thursday, Dec. 7, Punta Gorda will celebrate that event, the birth of the City 130 years ago, during this year’s Founders’ Day Week. In addition to historic tours, many holiday festivities will take place during the week. Many are free. Others benefit local nonprofit organizations.

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