Gulfport: A Definitive History, Volume 1

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The History Press, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 256 pages
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This first installment of a two-volume definitive history of Gulfport, Florida, traces the town from its earliest inhabitants through to the 1920s. With an eye for detail, local historian Lynne Brown brings to life the people and events that have given this beautiful city a rich and diverse history. With accessible prose and narrative style, Brown reconstructs the early day-to-day lives of Gulfport's founding settlers and follows the development of the city with the coming of the railroad and its growth as a beautiful vacation destination. Complete with archival images, this is an essential volume for anyone interested in early Florida history.
  

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Contents

REBECCAS FAMILY
15
2 Rebecca
17
3 James Barnett
18
4 James and Rebecca
20
5 Point Pinellas
22
6 The Bethells and the Spaniards
23
7 Barnetts Bluff
28
8 The Family
31
5 The Big Day
101
6 The Casino
104
7 How the Town Changed
111
8 The Residents of Veteran City
117
INCORPORATION
131
2 The First Councils
135
3 Building a Town
142
4 Secession
150

9 The Centennial
35
THE DREAM
39
2 Bonifacio
40
3 Disstons English Friends
42
4 The Van Bibber Report
46
5 The Sea Breeze
48
6 Public Transportation and the Mails
54
7 Disston Demens and Williams
57
8 The OBRR
61
9 Not in Disston City
62
THE FISHING VILLAGE
67
2 Cultivating the Crops
75
3 The Sea Folk
77
4 End of the Nineteenth Century
84
THE NEW CENTURY
89
1 Frank A Davis
90
2 John F Chase
92
3 The Streetcar Line
93
4 The Town
95
5 The School and the Church
156
BOOSTING
161
2 Parks McKinney and Politics
169
3 Boosting
186
THE STORM
195
2 Merriment
201
3 The War Comes to Gulfport
205
4 The Bridge
214
5The Hurricane
216
STILL GOING
221
2 Recovery
223
3 Principal Phillips War
225
4 Truce in the Town
234
5 The School Brawl Returns
239
AFTERWORD
245
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
249
INDEX
253
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Through the years, Gulfport has retained a unique sense of identity and a strong individualism. In this comprehensive pictorial history of the area, author and historian Lynne S. Brown has compiled a wonderful collection of photographs that capture
Gulfportas spirit and tell its fascinating story. Drawn from such sources as the Gulfport Historical Societyas archives, as well as from members of the community, these remarkable images are sure to entertain and educate longtime residents and tourists alike.

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