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DATES TO REMEMBER
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May 6, Saturday, 10am to 12pm, Cost $20 in advance, $30 the day of.
"River History Walk"   CRUSIN’ DOWN THE RIVER

Imperial River Camp postcard
The Imperial River and its tributaries were the main means of travel and commerce in Bonita Springs until the first railroads and the Tamiami Trail (now Old US 41) in the 1920s. The river was a vital to fishing and recreation, attracting winter visitors and new residents. Walk along the river to Depot Park and over the river to Island Park. Learn about the community’s main dock and Rosemary Creek. End your tour at the Casner Home and enjoy a leisurely walk back. Highlights include: Learning about pioneer life along the Imperial River and Rosemary Creek, along with Riverside Park, Liles Hotel Historic Plaza, Depot Park, the dock, Island Park, and see the historic homes in the Riverside Subdivision. Includes a docent tour of the Casner Home, the Society’s 1930’s Period House, with refreshments provided. After the tour, optional lunch (cost of lunch is separate) at the Survey Cafe at one of the nearby restaurants suggested.

Start/End at Liles Hotel History Center in Riverside Park. Total walk distance is about 2 miles and tour duration of 2 hours. Meet at 10am at the Liles Hotel in Riverside Park, 27300 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. For History Walk reservations, call 239-221-8218, or email  calusaghosttours@gmail.com
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May 20, 2017: Saturday, 10am to 12pm, Cost $20 in advance, $30 the day of.

"Calusa History Walk”   LAND OF THE CALUSA 

Learn about the archaeology of the first peoples to live in Bonita Springs. Hear the stories of the mighty Calusa, who ruled all of Southwest Florida and whose capital was Mound Key in Estero Bay, including their contact with the Spanish starting in 1513. See demonstrations of the tools the Calusa used to prosper: the atlatl (an ancient device to throw a spear for fishing and hunting) shell tool making, weaving, and more.  

Walk through Depot park over the Imperial River to Island park and learn about our native plants and ecology.  Afterwards, enjoy a picnic lunch or eat at one of the nearby restaurants (lunch not included).

Start/End at Liles Hotel History Center in Riverside Park. Total walk distance is about 1 mile and tour duration of 2 hours. Meet at 10am at the Liles Hotel in Riverside Park, 27300 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. For History Walk reservations, call 239-221-8218, or email  calusaghosttours@gmail.com
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