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Some oddities on 1921 map explained; others remain mysterious

Last week we introduced a 1921 map that lists numerous long-gone towns. Here’s more:

West of Sewall’s Point is Goslingville. That was the area north of the St. Lucie River near where the Roosevelt Bridge now crosses. The Historical Society of Martin County says George Townsend Gosling came in 1885 with Homer Stuart, the city’s namesake.

Here’s some illumination on the rest, courtesy of the St. Lucie County Historical Society:

Sprucebluff: In the 1890s, about a dozen early pioneers set up the area’s first settlement on about 600 acres. They called it Spruce Bluff, after the rare spruce pines that grew atop a broad, steep cliff along the St. Lucie River.

The developers of the Port St. Lucie neighborhood plowed over most of Spruce Bluff, but 97 acres of the original settlement still exist — thick with saw palmetto, slash pines and swampy marsh.

Eldred was named for Lucius Eldred, who bought land for a pineapple plantation in 1879. He sent his daughter and son-in-law to live in the house he had built there. The area is between modern day Midway Road and Palm Cemetery on Indian River Drive.

Ankona was named for Dr. John Fletcher Ankeny, who bought land along the Indian River 8 miles south of Fort Pierce in 1883 and built a small house.

Eden was named by Capt. Thomas E. Richards, a shipbuilder from New Jersey, who started a pineapple plantation along the Indian River and thought the area was beautiful so he named it after the Garden of Eden.

In Eden’s north end was the town of Tibbals, later renamed Walton in honor of 17th-century fisherman and author Izaak Walton, author of The Compleat Angler and the man for whom the Izaak Walton League conservation group is named.

Look for Aberdeen. That settlement originally was called Alicia after Henry Flagler’s second wife. The name later changed to Aberdeen, then Mulford and finally, in 1913, to Salerno, and in 1959 to Port Salerno. But then why is Aberdeen on a 1921 map? And the 1921 map lists a town of St. Lucie. But the Port St. Lucie development wouldn’t get going until the late 1950s, and it became a municipality in 1961.

Readers: Lots of mysteries remain. Can you help?

Florida Map 1921.jpg
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Posted in Eliot Kleinberg February 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm.

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