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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