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One of the early settlements of southwest Florida, Palmetto has grown from humble beginnings to the thriving community it is today.
The first shipping dock in this part of Florida was built at the foot of 9th Avenue by Joel Hendrix several years after arriving here in 1871. Soon after that the narrow guage Palmetto Terminal Rail Road was built in 1893.
Both were constructed to provide a way for farmers to transport their products to markets, thereby making citrus and other products available to the American public. In the early days the train was rather unreliable , the locomotive broke down quite often , making it necessary to hitch four horses to the flat bed car and pulling it to the docks in the time worn tradition of using horse power when all else failed.
The town was incorporated in 1897 , and soon after in 1899 the first bank in Manatee County, was opened in this fair city.
Boardwalk and Pier located in down town Palmetto Florida.
Today much has changed, no longer an important shipping port as most produce today now travels by truck, the town has become a tourist mecca, with dining,fishing, shopping and other attractions available. Orlando and Disney world is less than two hours away, the Kennedy Space center less than three and many professional baseball teams now hold spring training in
the area offering more added attractions to be enjoyed. Be sure to bring your camera!
Whether spending a day or a week , there is much available to make your stay an enjoyable and pleasant experience.
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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com
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