Legendary Locals of Fort Pierce, Florida

Legendary Locals of Fort Pierce, Florida

by Jean Ellen Wilson

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Overview


Whether it was homesteaders and dragoons or cowboys and Indians, they all clashed in the “Wild East” of early Fort Pierce. A natural inlet through the barrier island into the Indian River Lagoon created the perfect location for two Seminole War forts: Pierce and Capron. After the Civil War, the Reuben Carlton family moved their cattle to the area’s free range. Today, Alto “Bud” Adams Jr. runs the famous Adams Ranch from its Fort Pierce headquarters. Some time after the Carltons, Elizabeth and C.T. McCarty arrived, she to teach and he to plant pineapples and citrus. Growers like the Bernard Egan family continue to produce prize Indian River fruit. Generations of Summerlin fishermen made their living from the sea. The watered paradise still lures sport fishermen such as Terry Howard, ecotour operators like Lisa’s Kayaks, and charter captains like Captain Mark. African Americans farmed, labored, and enriched the cultural environment, culminating in the success of artists such as Alfred Hair. In Legendary Locals of Fort Pierce, the town’s diversity is illuminated through vignettes of its legends. Among these are Edwin Binney, the creator of Crayola crayons, and Edwin Link, the inventor of the Link flight simulator.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467101271
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/28/2014
Series: Legendary Locals Series
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 756,630
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Jean Ellen Wilson is the librarian at the St. Lucie County Regional History Center and director of an oral history project titled “St. Lucie Families—Crafters of Local History.”

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Forts and the Military 9

Chapter 2 A Frontier Town 25

Chapter 3 Development 51

Chapter 4 Water, Water Everywhere 67

Chapter 5 Landscape of Enlightenment 75

Chapter 6 The Enterprise Zone 91

Chapter 7 Scene of the Cause 109

Chapter 8 In Memoriam 123

Index 126

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