Looking Back

  • McCaul's Gift Shop

    The original building which eventually housed McCaul's gift shop was reportedly built by Reimund “Black Bart” Holzhey and then sold to islander Ina Watson. A postcard image of the gift shop from November 22, 197 shows the exterior of the building at ground-level. The building was eventually elevated with its distinctive long ramp and became know as the Tree House Gift Shop. At the time, Dean & Wanda Marshall are identified as the owners, selling driftwood, gifts and specimen shells.

    The building is still standing as of June 2020 and is located just west of the Captiva post office on the left side of the road leading to Alison Hagerup beach park.

  • Andy's Dock Pre-40s

    Andy Rosse's dock in a pre-1940s photo. Andy's dock was located on the current site of McCarthy's Marina at the end of the street now named for the colorful Mr. Rosse.

  • Tropical Storm Bob-July 1985

    Photo of the Mucky Duck parking lot at the height of Tropical Storm Bob in July of 1985. Bob hit the southwest Florida Gulf coast as a tropical storm before turning north and intensifying as a Category 1 Hurricane.

  • "Black Bart" Holzhey Cottage

    Cottage originally built by the notorious, Captiva loner "Black Bart" Holzhey in the 40's. In the photo it is Mary Cunningham's Island Gift Shop, situated where Chadwick Square is now, and where it remained until reportedly moved to the north-east corner of Wiles and Captiva Drive. 

  • Old & New Blind Pass Bridges 1955

    This image feature the new replacing the old. The old wooden Blind Pass bridge between Sanibel and Captiva is quite a contrast with the new concrete bridge. In this photo from 1955 the new bridge is completed with exception for the approaches which will be pumped in by Gene Sander of Sander Yard. 

  • 1982 "No Name Storm" Wash-Out

    On Friday morning, June 18, 1982 crashing waves and surging stormwaters from the "No Name Storm" struck Captiva, washing away chunks of the road in front of 'Tween Waters Inn, temporaily wiping out the only road that leads off the island. The Fort Myers newspaper reported the causeway between the barrier islands and mainland was closed for about two hours Friday morning.

Bridging the Past and the Present