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The History of Cape Coral


Once a rural area dotted with cattle farms, gladiolus fields with an abundance of wildlife and birds, Cape Coral has transformed over the years into a vibrant city well-known for its family-friendly atmosphere with an extensive canal system perfect for boating, numerous parks and beautiful beaches.  You will also find many things to keep you busy at the Cape Coral Yacht and Raquet Club, SunSplash Waterpark , and Coral Oaks Golf Course.
The following pages take you on a trip through time showing the growth of our City.  The photos and documents posted have been stored in City vaults or provided by citizens through our historical outreach program.  You will find fun facts and important dates as well as links to other pages of the City web site to view current information.  We in the City Clerk's office are proud to share this history and hope you enjoy this walk through time!

Calling all Cape Coral History Buffs!
We need your help!  Do you have old photographs, yearbooks, banners, brochures, postcards or newspapers of Cape Coral?  Do you have memorabilia from days gone by to donate to the historical archives of our City? The Cape Coral City Clerk’s Office is working on a new project to document historical resources by compiling images and historical items for an online historical gallery of Cape Coral. Although we are still a relatively young city, our history is something we need to document now for  future generations.  We can house these documents in a secure fashion before they are lost due to old age or natural disaster.   
If you wish to keep your items, but would like to have them included in the gallery we can scan pictures, brochures, postcards, etc and return them to you; objects can be photographed and returned as well.You can contact the City Clerk’s Office by email with a description of the items or any questions you may have and we will contact you. 

Cape Coral Historical Society & Museum
You can also find more Cape Coral history by visiting the Cape Coral Historical Museum where you will see more photos of the City and find directions to the museum.
The Cape Coral Historical Museum is located at: 544 Cultural Park Blvd. Cape Coral, FL Phone: 239.772.7037

Did you know?

The building that houses the Cape Coral Historical Museum was the snack bar and pro shop at the Country Club originally and was moved to its current site in 1983.