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This week in history: Clewiston incorporated

On Oct. 1, 1931 the city of Clewiston was incorporated, but not for the first time. Clewiston had been incorporated in 1923, and then re-chartered in 1925. The city was named for early settler Alonzo Clewis, a Tampa banker who purchased a large tract of land southwest of Lake Okeechobee in the area then known as Sand Point.

In 1920 Clewis and Clewiston developers John and Marion O’Brien commissioned nationally known planner John Nolen to create a plan for the city.

1926 ad from the Miami News:

1938 Miami News feature on “The Glades District”:

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Posted in Flashback blog October 1, 2012 at 6:00 am.

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  1. J. Ryals Dempsey Oct 1st 2012

    I remember staying at the then Clewiston Inn during the 50′s when my father was the manager of Newport Industries in Belle Glade. He went on to later become Agricultural Consulate at the US Embassy in Saigon, and later to the embassy in Teheran. I still have pictures of him with the Shah prior to the fall of Iran to the Islamic fanatics (read Ayatollah!). His book entitled “Fiber Crops” is still one of the most comprehensive in the field.

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