Looking Back

The CIHS has more than 10,000 digitally archived items on our website, including:  family letters, newspaper articles, photographs, postcards, and audio recordings.

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  • The Dickey Hotel

    This image is the Dickey Hotel, built in 1911. The hotel was leased by the Snyder School For Boys and burned down in 1935. Belton Johnson built his first house on the site after the hotel burned down. 

  • Bill Shannon And His Frond House

    In this image from the early 1950s, Bill Shannon is in front of his palm frond house. He and his wife, Mae, opened the Sunshine Cafe on Palm Avenue (currently Andy Rosse Lane) on Captiva in 1951.

  • Not Your Ordinary Watchdog

    This is an image of Ina Watson on Captiva Island restraining one of her "watchdog" alligators that she caught.  Ina Watson and her son Paul maintained a camp site on Chadwick's South Seas Plantation.  View More On This Subject

  • Food Stand: Chadwick Estates

    A "food stand" reportedly located at Chadwick Estates property, date unknown, now South Seas Island resort. There are two structures, one has a pagoda style roof and the other appears to be a converted double decker riverboat.

  • Picnic At Blind Pass

    This photo features a picnic at Blind Pass in the early 1900s. Note the wool clothing. Mrs. Dickey is pictured on the far left.

  • Timmy Wiles

    This is a 1966 snapshot of Timmy (TM) Wiles at the counter of the iconic Timmy’s Nook, built by Wiles in 1952.  From 1952 to 1994, Timmy’s Nook was a popular gathering place frequented by the locals and visitors alike, and the source of colorful island folklore.

Bridging the Past and the Present