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Old 06-02-2011, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Here's a nifty little fact from Larry Kelleher:
In the Florida Boom days in Sarasota, a lot of streets were named after fruit to attract investors to our area. Med Rev houses were very popular then to make the place appear to be well established. In downtown Sarasota there... was Orange Ave., Lime Ave., Lemon Ave., Pineapple Ave., Coconut Ave., Banana Ave., Mango Ave. and Strawberry Ave. Banana, Mango and Strawberry bit the dust for who knows why. Banana became Broadway and later U.S. 41 (41 used to run down Main Street). Strawberry became Ringling Blvd. (named after Charles - not John), and Mango became Central Ave.

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Old 06-03-2011, 04:55 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Nice old Skyway pics! What kind of car is that in front of you? Looks like an old AMC Gremlin.
Haha, not sure but we were in a Ford Fiesta and 4 of us were cramped in that thing for the drive down from STL. Family vacations sure did bring us closer!
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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OK, since I'm at my max pics on CD I thought I'd try Flickr. I've never used it before so I'm not sure if it's going to work.

Tuckers | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64056485@N08/5826630879/ - broken link)
Tucker's Sporting Goods in the 1920's. Pineapple Av across from the First United Methodist Church.

Tip Toe | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64056485@N08/5827183094/ - broken link)
Tucker's Sporting Goods Store was located here in later years. I love the look of this 'eatin spot - the Tip Toe In. Tuckers' was later turned into a gas station.

Downtown | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64056485@N08/5827183052/ - broken link)
Downtown Sarasota

Mabel2 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64056485@N08/5827183010/ - broken link)
Mable Ringling

Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64056485@N08/5827182794/ - broken link)
Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain in the mid 1930's. This is located right where the y in the road is going out to the Ringling Bridge or going straight. Close to where the old Sarasota Herald was located.

Mabel | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64056485@N08/5827182962/ - broken link)
Here's a shot of a Sara DeSoto Pageant court member sitting on the steps leading to the fountain. This was taken in 1939. The first Desoto Pageant was held on Mar 16th, 1916 and the last one was held in 1957.

Fountain now | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/64056485@N08/5826630593/ - broken link)
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Here's how the fountain looks now.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Englewood,FL
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I like the old foutain, what gives with the stairs leading to nowhere? The old fountain was pretty cool!
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Banana, Mango and Strawberry bit the dust for who knows why.
Sarasota went under a massive street renaming and renumbering scheme in either the 50s or very early 60s. This makes tracking down old places based on their address very, very difficult sometimes. For example, the corner of 1st and Cocoanut used to the the corner of Park and Seventh.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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hi
does anyone remember a Western Auto Store in or near downtown Sarasota in 1960?

I was there on my only visit to your town, then a sleepy village. The store owner went to Canton McKinley High with my mother, and we visited in 1960 by taking the train from Cleveland to Orlando, then drove a rented 1960 Ford to Sarasota...car had no heater, a surprise to an Ohioan during a chilly Florida spring!
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Sarasota went under a massive street renaming and renumbering scheme in either the 50s or very early 60s. This makes tracking down old places based on their address very, very difficult sometimes. For example, the corner of 1st and Cocoanut used to the the corner of Park and Seventh.
Good memory! And U.S. 41 used to be routed down Main Street to Palm Avenue - then you turned left and then left again (where 41 is today - which used to be called Broadway, and before that Banana Avenue).

It does make it difficult to figure out where things were. Pretty confusing.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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hi
does anyone remember a Western Auto Store in or near downtown Sarasota in 1960?

I was there on my only visit to your town, then a sleepy village. The store owner went to Canton McKinley High with my mother, and we visited in 1960 by taking the train from Cleveland to Orlando, then drove a rented 1960 Ford to Sarasota...car had no heater, a surprise to an Ohioan during a chilly Florida spring!
Do you have any more specific streets? I can't place where it was...
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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A few more old photos:



The Dredge that was used to to Dredge New Pass, about 1946. The Dredge is being moved by the Tow Boat.


Sometime in the 30s or 40s, a conservative religious group considered this statue to be vulgar and satanic. Unfortunately, it is not the original one. It was destroyed and at a later date reproduced. It sits on the front if The Sarasota Opera House. The replacement statue was made by the sculptor Ethelia Patmagrian. She taught at the Ringling School of Art for many years. It's name is the opera imp.


Siesta Key mid 1970's...Stickney Point Bridge, Diana Paver


Shell Beach was located where the Ringling Museum and New College are today. There was a track, probably in the whereabouts of today's University Parkway nd 301 intersection, that led to the bay


Hover Arcade built by Hover, purchased by the city, later to become our city hall.

1928 Sara De Soto Pageant Parade depicting the Ringling Bank on Main St.


1949 Sara De Soto Parade


"Old" New Pass Bridge looking from Store Docks, City Island to Longboat Key the Bridge was about 300 yds long 4/8/82.


1970. This picture was taken from the Holiday Inn Lido. There was a temporary landing strip on Lido Beach! It was an airport manager's convention, and took place immediately after the beach replenishment project was completed. See the rocks there next to the road? That was it, beach-wise, at this spot. Road, Rocks, Water.


photo from 3/10/28, the Sara de Soto children's parade is taking place and these Seminoles are waiting for it to end so people will come buy their crafts. These same Indians came to Sarasota every year during pageant week for three decades.The the Seminoles came here in the twenties, when this photo was taken, until sometime in the fifties, although I don't know their last year here.


Bayshore Rd about 1900
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I think I saw a post asking about a Western Auto in Sarasota.
There was a store on the s/e corner of 301 and 17 St
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