Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

Punta Gorda Chamber Guide 2022

2022 Members and Visitors Guide for the Punta Gorda Area

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2022 Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Members & Visitors Guide Page 91 which they purchased from James and Sarah Lanier, the original settlers along with the land. The cabin was a typical backwoods home and differed significantly from the Trabues' living conditions in Kentucky, but they stuck it out. The next 22 years were marked by frequent conflicts, controversies, and disappointments for Isaac Trabue. These often involved litigation, which he appears to have enjoyed. The quarrels included disagreements with the broker who sold the land, the surveyor who laid out the town, and a relative who was Trabue's local representative until he moved to Florida. As with many people of strong personality he appears at times to have been his own worst enemy, exacerbating quarrels rather than seeking to calm them. His refusal to pay the surveyor's (Kelly B. Harvey) fee, for example, would lead to Trabue's greatest personal disappointment. The plan for the development of the town of Trabue of course depended on the sale of commercial and residential lots. In the late 1800's the viability of a town very often depended on its access to railroad service. In 1885, Trabue concluded an agreement with the Boston- based Florida Southern Railway to build a line to the town and at its terminus construct an upper-end hotel and depot for commercial and personal travelers. The town's development began to accelerate following the completion of the track in late 1886. The town's growth included extensive dock facilities which followed completion of the railroad. Unfortunately for Trabue his refusal to pay the fee of Kelly B. Harvey, the town's original surveyor, now came back to haunt him. Photo provided by Punta Gorda History Center Isaac Trabue, founder of Punta Gorda Continued on page 92 A company built to serve you. Michael Saunders & Company has been setting the standard in real estate services since 1976. Family-owned and locally rooted across four counties with nearly 650 agents and 23 offices down Florida's Gulf Coast dedicated to one goal: Helping you achieve yours. Stop by to view homes for sale, meet our agents or simply learn more about the beautiful place we get to call home. Nowhere but here. Licensed Real Estate Broker 420 E RAILROAD AVE, BOCA GRANDE | 941.964.2000 1200 S. MCCALL RD, ENGLEWOOD | 941.473.7750 101 TAYLOR ST, PUNTA GORDA | 941.639.0000 adno=3824195-1 adno=3824193-1

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