Early Cape Coral
Although the City of Cape Coral was incorporated in 1970, we have some documents and photos that pre-date this time. One of the oldest documents we have is a 1961 Phone book. The first telephone exchange was Wyandotte and later became Liberty. Take a look to see if a person or business you know of was open back then!
Prior to the City being incorporated, the streets were named and not numbered. Could you have lived on Aladdin Drive, Rainbow Lane or Whippoorwill Way? Click to view the Street Names from A - Z to find out what street you lived on.
Are you one of the people who have asked, "How do you figure out which direction the streets, terraces and avenues go?" You can click to view a letter and diagram that describes how it all works.
Did you know?
Harney Point Rd. (Del Prado Blvd.) was the first road constructed in Cape Coral
Another fun document on file at the CRA office is a flier from the 100th Anniversary of Baseball for a Washington Senators game that has an ad for lot sales in Cape Coral on the back. Recently an avid fisherman sent us this from Field & Stream Magazine, 1958
To take a look at how the population has grown - you can view the 1978 Census Map. Zoom in to the info on the lower left of the page to see the increase!
Throughout the historical pages you will find items that have been sent in by citizens in response to our Historical Outreach Project. If you have anything that you would be interested in sharing with us, please email the City Clerk's office - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Coral Yacht Club
Early Promotional Video
GAC Properties sponsored the production of a public relations video promoting life in Cape Coral. We acquired this video from the Florida Memory Project. While viewing this 12 minute video, you will hear testimonials describing the city and how planned growth and strict zoning laws keep the quality of life high. The video was produced by McLeod Films.
First City Manager Ryan
After seeing our call to history buffs Kip Ryan, the grandson of Cape Coral's First City Manager Cliff Ryan, came in to share stories from his grandfather's time with the City:
Cape Coral Progress Reports