Looking Back

  • Dickey Pier

    This pre-1940 photo shows the pier on the gulf at the Dickey property, which was destroyed, rebuilt and destroyed again.
  • The No Name Restaurant

    The “No Name Restaurant”, circa 1986, which was located on the south side of Andy Rosse Lane and owned by Red Jensen. The building eventually became the home to two of Captiva's renowned fine dining restaurants: LaVendee’ and then Bellini’s. Bellini's closed in 2001 and the building was torn down to make way for the construction of multiple villa style homes.
  • The Ark

    “The Ark” was originally a houseboat.  It was brought up on shore by Captain McFarland. There are additions on the right and left, while the door and three windows are the original houseboat.  It was owned by Sam and Francis Anderson of Richmond , VA and later by George and Louise Tuttle.
  • Miss Gould’s Class at Captiva School House

    In 1901 William Herbert Binder, the first homesteader, donated this portion of land for construction of a one-room schoolhouse; attended by students from Captiva, Buck Key, and Sanibel. The building is now the Captiva Chapel by the Sea, which in 2013 was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

  • James and Signe Wightman

    James and Signe Wightman in the 1920’s. The eventual owners of the Gulf View Inn, now the Mucky Duck.

  • Early Tarpon Fishing on Captiva

    This image features "Buzz" (F. Bowman) Price, his daughter, Dorothy Price (Dottie Wakefield) and Captain Stran after catching a huge tarpon in the early 1900's.  Price and his wife, Grace, established 'Tween Waters Inn in 1931.  Captain Stran was a resident fishing guide on the island. His wife, Clara Stran, owned a gift shop on Captiva.

Bridging the Past and the Present