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The Burnham clam factory at Caxambas. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.

The Burnham clam factory at Caxambas. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.

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  • In the early days, the mail boat didn't stop in Naples because the population was too small. Marco Island was the center of commerce and tourism. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • Tommie Barfield was one of the pioneers of the island. In the early 1900s, Barfield lobbied the county government for better roads, schools and amenities that were previously lacking on the island.  Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • Tommie Barfield. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • The Olde Marco Inn. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • The Collier County line. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • Collier City preceeded Marco Island in terms of official names of the settlement. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • The Marco Beach Hotel. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • A sponge boat. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • A clam boat. The invention of the clam dredge made clamming much more efficient on Marco. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • The Burnham clam factory at Caxambas. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • The Tamiami barge. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • There weren't always roads on Marco Island. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • Photo of Bill Collier. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • Photo of Bill and Jack Collier courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • The Deltona corporation picked up where Barron Collier left off. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • This is a photo of Frank Hamilton Cushing, who in 1895 began excavating Marco Island. Cushing discovered the Key Marco cat. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • The Key Marco Cat. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • Calusa mask. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • Ancient palm fiber cordage was found during an excavation. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • Historic sketch of a Calusa Indian. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.
  • Historic sketch of Calusa Indians. Photo courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.

The face of Marco Island has changed dramatically over the years. Enjoy these photos courtesy of Bill Perdichizzi and the Marco Island Historical Society.

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