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Marco Island Florida - Self-Guided Quicktour

"The 6,800-acre Marco Island is the largest of the 10,000 Islands. It is surprisingly diverse and includeshigh sandhills, slash pine forests, and sandy fields, in addition to quartz sand beaches and mangrove swamp. It is the only place in the 10,000 Islands to see burrowing owls"....
by Jeff Ripple, author, Day Paddling - Florida's 10,000 Islands and Big Cypress Swamp

A self-guided historical tour of Marco Island is marked with 13 bronze plaque markers and are easy to follow using the map below:

Marker #1
(located on west side at foot of S.S. Jolley Bridge)
Marco Island
5000 B.C.-1994
Evolution of largest of Ten Thousand Islands

Marker #2
(old Marco Village)
Marco Village: 1870
Ferry Landing: 1912-1938
Site of development of Olde Marco

  • Markers 2 and 3 are in Olde Marco adjacent to the Villa de Marco boat ramp
  • Marker #3
    Marco Village School
    Site of First School

    Marker #4 (Bald Eagle Dr., west side in front of Marco Vista)
    Captain William D. Collier Homesite
    Circa 1880

    Marker #5
    (Bald Eagle Dr., west side in front of Marco Vista)
    Frank Cushing Archaeological Site
    Site of one of the most significant excavations in North America-"MarcoCat" found here

    Marker#6
    (Bald Eagle Dr., west side beyond Elckam Circle, and adjacent to entrance road to cemetery)
    Marco Island Cemetery
    Circa 1880
    Old Cemetery which is still in use

    Marker #7
    (From Bald Eagle Dr., turn left on Bayport to 5th right , which is Society Ct.)
    Railroad Turn-A-Round
    1927-1944
    Site of depot of Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

    Marker#8
    (On Inlet Drive between Travida and Olds Ct.)
    Caxambas Cemetery
    Circa 1890
    Site of cemetery used by early Caxambas settlers

    Marker #9
    (Olds Ct., north side on Inlet Dr., take 1st left after Caxambas Cemetery Marker)
    Kirk Archaeological Site
    Calusa Indian burial mound

    Marker #10
    (Inlet Dr., south side after Osceola Ct., Inlet turns to west)
    Burnham Clam Factory
    1904-1929
    Site of original clam factory

    Marker #11
    (Scott Dr., and Indian Hill Rd.)
    Indian Hill-Barfield Homesite
    Highest elevation in SW Florida and homesite of Tommie Barfield
    Caxambas School
    1890-1928
    Site of early school

    Marker #12
    (South Barfield Dr., northbound across from Wesley United Church)
    Pineapple Plantation
    1901-1906
    Site of early agricultural venture

    Marker #13
    (Goodland Rd. off S.R. 92 east near painted water tank)
    Goodland Village and Access Road
    Village built on Calusa shell mound