LANDMARKS is a regular feature of historic images presented by the Captiva Island Historical Society appearing in island newspapers.

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  • Landmarks: Bellini's

    Bellini's retaurant was opened in 1988 in Captiva, serving fine Italian food until 2001. It was located mid way up Andy Rosse Lane on the left side of the street.

  • Landmarks: 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. 

  • Landmarks: Timmy’s Nook

    This image is a 1966 snapshot of Timmy’s Nook. From 1952 to 1994 Timmy’s Nook was a renowned gathering place frequented by natives and tourists alike. In 1994, under new ownership, Timmy’s was rebuilt and became The Green Flash.

  • Landmarks: Cottages At 'Tween Waters

    This image is the main cottage at 'Tween Waters in the 1930s. Grace price and her husband F. Bowman Price built the first cottage at 'Tween Waters Inn in 1931. They came to the island with their infant daughter Dorothy because of Bowman's poor health.

  • Landmarks: Bayview Hotel

    The Bayview Hotel, later named Fishermans Lodge, the Captiva Lodge, then Captiva Hotel depending on who the owner was at the time. It was originally built by F.A. Lane in stages from 1911 to 1915. It burned down in 1948.

  • Landmarks: Island Store After It Was Remodeled

    This image features the Island Store after 'Ding' Darling remodeled it. The building was formerly Mrs. Miller's two story boarding house. J.N. 'Ding' Darling was a renowned editorial cartoonist who advocated conservation of the nation's natural resources, regularly 'wintered' at 'Tween Waters Inn.

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