Cape Co­ral His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum

Cape Coral Living - - Radar - BY CRAIG GAR­RETT

There are few Amer­i­can towns such as Cape Co­ral, Florida. Over its short his­tory, the Cape has be­come Florida’s sec­ond-largest town by land­mass, a sort of sleepy and Amer­i­can­ized desert oasis that has risen from the sand and is poised for ac­cel­er­at­ing growth―the city by 2020 should ex­ceed 200,000 cit­i­zens. This is a unique com­mu­nity where, for ex­am­ple, its found­ing builders in the 1950s showed va­cant hous­ing parcels via small air­plane, then opened the plane’s win­dow to drop a sack of flour to mark the spot where the pas­sen­ger wished to build a new home. And this is a com­mu­nity where those builders, two brothers, could pur­chase a huge tract of mostly sand and scrub and land for cat­tle graz­ing, dig miles of canals and pitch the new town

Doc­u­ment­ing a par­adise built from scratch

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