1884 Rand, McNally & Co. Map, the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee,”My How Things Change…”SLR/IRL

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Rand, McNally, and Co. 1884 (Bloomfields Illustrated Historic Guide) Library of Sandra Henderson  Thurlow.

Yesterday, my mother, historian Sandra Henderson Thurlow, came across this map while going through some old things…isn’t it a beauty? Look at the sprawling Everglades! Look at how the St Lucie River was not connected to Lake Okeechobee– at all…Look how at that time the inlet, Gilbert’s Bar, our inlet, was open…naturally.

When my mother came across this image, she wrote my brother and I:

“I know Todd has every map there is but still holding an original is fun and I thought the configuration of Lake Okeechobee was interesting on the 1884 Rand, McNally & Co. map tucked in the back of Bloomfield’s Illustrated Historical Guide. Of course it was too big for me to scan the whole thing. I love it that I know right where I am on this map. I am about on the former Dade/Brevard County line as I type this.” Mom

What is she talking about? Our family home in Indialucie, Sewall’s Point, named so as it is located between the St Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon, sits on the border of what once was Dade and Brevard counties. Since I was a kid there has been a piece of wood nailed to a tree, in my parent’s back yard that reads: “Dade County.”

My, how things change..too bad we didn’t save more our state’s natural water connections. Swamp or no swamp, it must have been beautiful. But I am glad our family home in now in Martin and not Dade County. 🙂

Jacqui

 

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Map of Florida’s changing counties. (SHT)

 

Rand,McNally’s history: (http://designorati.com/articles/t1/cartography/385/a-brief-history-of-rand-mcnally.php)

12 thoughts on “1884 Rand, McNally & Co. Map, the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee,”My How Things Change…”SLR/IRL

  1. Jacqui:

    I’m so disappointed in the way our county commission handled the Ecogen situation. The outcome may or may not be the right one, but I fear that we are sending the wrong signals to people who might want to bring business to Martin County in general, and Indiantown in particular.

    I love Maggy, and cannot say that about some of the others who influenced staff. Staff seems reactive and fearful, rather than thoughtful and insightful.

    Can you call me when you have a chance?

    We both live this area, and I’m curious to know what you think about the big picture for Martin County in the future.

    Yes, I have an interest in Indiantown, because of the concentrated poverty there. We need to help the people who toil on our behalf.

    Thanks.

    Steven

    772-708-4582

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    1. I really love old maps also. As a recent Army Retiree and a college graduate where I minored in GIS now I have all sorts of fun with all sorts of maps and I also im pretty good at creating my own. Nice blog! R/Mark

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  2. You are a Gem!! Eula R Clarke, Esq.  Law Offices of Eula R. Clarke, P.A.  615 SW St. Lucie Crescent Suite 105  Stuart, Florida 34994  Phone: (772)220-3324 Fax: (772)220-1805  Email: eulaclarkelaw@yahoo.com  Statement of Confidentiality: The contents of this e-mail message and any attachments are confidential and are intended solely for addressee. The information may also be legally privileged. This transmission is sent in trust, for the sole purpose of delivery to the intended recipient. If you have received this transmission in error, any use, reproduction or dissemination of this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please immediately notify the sender by reply e-mail or phone and delete this message and its attachments, if any.

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  3. Just took a long walk along the boardwalk, in downtown Stuart . It was beautiful; with a blue heroin wading, and fish jumping. Read July 21 issue of Nature magazine. Picture of Stuart also. Bill

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