Along the Caloosahatchee River

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Flowing 75 westerly miles from Florida's Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico, the historic Caloosahatchee River has always been critically important to the region it traverses. As it makes its way past farm fields, quiet hamlets, and urban downtowns, manatees graze in its warm shallows, bass lurk in its shaded oxbows, and alligators sun on its banks. Over the years, the river has attracted luminaries as well as colorful characters. Thomas Edison had a Caloosahatchee riverfront home, as did Henry Ford and telegrapher George Shulz, who created Florida's tarpon-fishing industry. Without the Caloosahatchee, the Southwest Florida that people know today would not exist. Without people, however, the river known as the Caloosahatchee would not exist either, since it was human effort and engineering that connected the river to the lake and made it navigable—changes that sometimes spelled disaster.
ISBN: 9780738587479
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 177
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Amy Bennett Williams, a journalist and editor of Tropicalia magazine, tells the Caloosahatchee's story of the ancient mastodons that once roamed its shores, the 19th-century entrepreneurs who bent it to their wills, and the celebrities who have relaxed on its waters. Richly illustrated with historical images and observations, Images of America: Along the Caloosahatchee River chronicles the life of the singular waterway that joins the heart of Southwest Florida to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.
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