Hidden History of Everglades City & Points Nearby

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Discover this collection of quirky and fun stories about the history of Everglades City. Drawing from the author's time as a reporter for the Everglades City Echo, this book will chronicle lesser-known stories about the area. The book discusses the original pioneer families of Everglades City, and the time when this city was the governing center of Collier County. It goes on to chronicle colorful characters from the area, local landmarks, and the annual Seafood Festival that draws 20,000 people to the city every year.
ISBN: 9781596297449
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Series: Hidden History
Images: 70
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
A yearlong stint as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in 1993 forever changed the path of Maureen Sullivan-Hartung. She was given Everglades City as one of her weekly assignments, and thus began her love affair with this region. Week by week, while making her rounds throughout the community, she garnered new friendships and, little by little, was able to gain the locals' trust. Who knew that this reporting assignment would bring a paper route with it, at the ripe old age of forty? Not only did she gather information while there, she also delivered papers and picked up the old ones and the change from each of the small containers around town. This was yet another fascinating experience of writing for a small-town weekly newspaper that unfortunately is no longer published. The mosquitoes, or swamp angels, whatever you call them, loved her presence down there, especially after an afternoon rain, which it seemed to her was every Wednesday during that year. Within a few months after being hired, she would meet the late Totch Brown, who took her out in the Ten Thousand Islands on that very first interview, which cinched her feelings for the small community. What an experience for a rookie reporter, one that she'll certainly never forget. Many of her previous articles written more than a decade ago were the beginnings of this book. Even after leaving the newspaper, Sullivan-Hartung continues to pitch stories to various magazines and editors on this historic area, wanting everyone she meets to learn about this fascinating region called the Last Frontier. This is her first book for The History Press.
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