Port Charlotte (Images of America) (Paperback)

Port Charlotte (Images of America) By Roxann Read Cover Image
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Large landholders sold property in this unknown paradise to working-class people, and since the 1950s, Port Charlotte has had a colorful history of progress.

In the '50s, General Development Corporation created Port Charlotte by expanding the canals previously dug by John Murdock to drain the swampy land. The Mackle Company carved Arthur Frizzell's 80,000 acres into small, perfectly rectangular lots for resale to middle-class retirees--the targets of mass advertising and sales practices that included displaying models of Port Charlotte in department stores throughout Chicago and New York. Encouraging retirees to come to Port Charlotte resulted in the area having one of the highest concentrations of residents aged 65 and older in the nation. Port Charlotte's boom-and-bust history is a microcosm of the frenzied social and economic growth that transformed Florida in the second half of the 20th century.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780738567778
ISBN-10: 0738567779
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Publication Date: July 15th, 2009
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Images of America