Hall City

I went to Hall City, located in Hendry County, on 8/9/2017.

According to the Ghosttown website,

Hall City was developed in the early 1900s by a preacher from Chicago, Dr. George F. Hall. In the early years, Hall City boasted as many as 100 residents but by the 1920s the development had been abandoned. By Mike WoodfinDSC_0057

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Fort Denaud

I went to Fort Denaud, located in Hendry County, on 8/9/2017.

According to the ghost town website,

Fort Denaud was established in 1838, as one of a series of posts linking American operations south of Tampa to the east coast. It was constructed on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River, 27 Miles east of Fort Myers; on land owned by Pierre Denaud, a French Indian trader. The fort originally consisted of tents with a blockhouse in their midst. It was a supply depot for troops in the Lake Okeechobee area and was in use until the war ended in 1842. Fort Denaud was reopened in 1855, soon after the outbreak of the 3rd Seminole War. Additions included company quarters, hospital, guardhouse, prison, Sutler’s store, and stables. A farming community formed around it, basing itself on the citrus and sugarcane in the area. A fire ravaged the post in June 1856, and it was rebuilt on another site on the north bank of the river a mile downstream. The fort was ultimately abandoned in May 1858, and the local residents left the area as well. Nothing remains of the fort itself, but the town still has a few old original structures standing. The area is now mainly orange groves and is used for citrus trucking and shipping. The nearby community of Fort Denaud took it’s name from the old fort (also spelled Deynaud). In 1963 a swing-style bridge was built across the Caloosahatchee at the site. There is a fairly new housing development nearby, marketing itself on the history and quiet seclusion of the area.  By

Jim Pike

According to the ghost town website,

Dr. J.B Ingraham homesteaded near the site of Tasmania in 1888. The town officially became Tasmania in 1916 when the community changed it’s name from Fisheating Creek to Tasmania. There were two schools The Adrian School and the Lucky Island School. The Cook family opened a trading post with turpentine, cattle, and farming the main industries. Not to mention moon-shine. By the 1930s, the school and the post office closed and many families moved away because of the Depression. The town eventally died completly when the railroad passed it. By Mike Woodfin

Tasmania

I went to Tasmania, located in Glades County, on 8/9/2017.

According to the ghost town website,

Dr. J.B Ingraham homesteaded near the site of Tasmania in 1888. The town officially became Tasmania in 1916 when the community changed it’s name from Fisheating Creek to Tasmania. There were two schools The Adrian School and the Lucky Island School. The Cook family opened a trading post with turpentine, cattle, and farming the main industries. Not to mention moon-shine. By the 1930s, the school and the post office closed and many families moved away because of the Depression. The town eventally died completly when the railroad passed it. By Mike Woodfin

Citrus Center

I went to Citrus Center, located in Hendry County on 8/9/2017.

According to the ghost town website,

Citrus Center was a settlement without a road. The only access to the town was a canal off the Caloosahatchee River. About 100 people lived there. Reportedly, at one time, Citrus Center had beautiful hotel. Today there is little there but a vast prairie. ByDSC_0052 Mike Woodfin

Newhall

I went to Newhall, located in Glades County, on 8/9/2017.

According to the ghost town website,

The first mayor of Moore Haven, Marian Newhall O’Brien and her husband John O’Brien founded this town in the late 1910’s primarily as a colony of Englishmen. The residents’ manners and customs seemed odd and very out of place to the people of nearby Moore Haven and the surrounding area. The arrival of negro workers brought in as permanent residents to tend the farms during a time of segration and racial unrest proved to be the town’s undoing. The white laborers walked out as soon as they arrived, and the nearby settlers made it clear that they were not welcome as neighbors. Local merchants banded together against them while “Cow Hunters” and vigilantes took shots at the negro field hands as they worked the farms along the railroad. With the mayor’s involvement this uprising was put down, but the town of Newhall did not recover from the damage done. Today very little remains, and most of the former townsite is now private sugarcane farms. By

Jim Pike

Goodno

I went to Goodno, located in Glades County, on 8/9/2017.

According to the ghost town website,

In the 1800’s, E.E. Goodno established a railroad stop for cattle to be boarded on the way to Cuba. A small community sprang up around the stop until the 1926 Hurricane demolished and flooded most homes and drove off the residents. The General Store remained open for a tourist stop until just recently. E.E. Goodno actually made his home on the Fort Thompson site a little bit West of the Store. Look for the historical marker. ByDSC_0022 Mike Woodfin

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Sears

I went to Sears, located in Hendry County, on 8/9/2017.

According to the ghost town website,

Sears began in 1926, when Standard Lumber Company built a mill in the area about twelve miles south of LaBelle. The town was named after Richard Sears, founder of Sears & Roebuck and owner of Standard Lumber. The mill was built along the path of the Atlantic Coastline Railroad and designed to provide Sears & Roebuck with lumber for their expansive sales of premanufactured wooden housing. Soon after completion however, the sawmill and many businesses and homes in the area suffered heavy damage from the Hurricane of 1926. The sawmill was rebuilt, and the town of Sears grew to have a population of about 500, with it’s own voting precinct, two schools, a hotel and a Florida Power & Light electrical plant. The mill itself though proved not to be a successful operation and closed in 1928. The community began to disappear soon after, and by 1937 both schoolhouses were closed. Most of the former town buildings were moved to LaBelle and the Sears townsite was abandoned.  By

Jim Pike

 

Manasota

I went to Manasota, located in Sarasota County, on 8/7/2017.

According to the ghost town website,

Manasota was the milltown that surrounded the Woodmere Lumber Mill and housed the 1500 people who worked there. The four-story Woodmere Lumber Mill was founded by Herman Klunge, in 1918. This mill and its workers provided the lumber to build the city of Venice from the thousands of acres of longleaf pine in the area. The 10 acre milltown of Manasota was destroyed by fire in 1930 and the foundation stones were incorporated into the Venice Jetties in 1937. By Mike WoodfinDSC_0008