Everglades Rod & Gun Club History

A little about the beginning of Everglades City, FL.
Dwight-Mamie-Eisenhower-everglades-rod-and-gun-club“American settlement began after the Civil War, when Union sympathizers who had farmed on Cape Sable to supply Key West during the war, moved up the west coast of the peninsula.

The first permanent settler was William Smith Allen, who arrived on the banks of Potato Creek (later renamed the Allen River) in 1873. After Allen retired to Key West in 1889, George W. Storter, Jr. became the principal landowner in the area. Storter gained fame for his sugar cane crops. He opened a trading post in 1892, and gained a post office, called “Everglade”, in 1895. Storter also began entertaining northern tourists who came to Everglade by yacht in the winter to hunt and fish. His house eventually grew into the Rod and Gun Club, visited by United States Presidents and other notables.”  Wikipedia

Image courtesy of Collier County Museums, Naples, Fl. Visit their Everglades City Historical Archive there are many more historical images there.