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Markers: Sarasota History

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Miakka Community

One half mile south of this marker once stood a log structure where church services were held by circuit riding preachers. During the week the building was used as a school. William Rawls and A.M. "Gus" Wilson each donated land for what is now the church and cemetery.

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Municipal Airport/Lowe Field

On January 12, 1929, Sarasota dedicated its first municipal airport located on 160 acres just west of Oriente Avenue, now Beneva Road, and north of Fruitville Road. Pilots performed aerial maneuvers and stunts for the crowd, many of whom felt an airport was critical to future growth of the city.

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Municipal Auditorium, Recreation Center and Hazzard Fountain

In 1936, the City of Sarasota acquired approximately 40 acres of land for a bayfront civic center.  It was located just south of (now) 10th Street and between (now) North Tamiami Trail and the bay.  Mayor E. A. Smith announced plans to construct "one of the finest recreation centers in the South” on the property.  

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Newtown Community Center/Robert L. Taylor Community Complex

The Robert L. Taylor Community Complex grew out of the “Colored Service Men's Club” building that had served black soldiers during World War II. Newtown resident John Floyd supervised construction of the wood frame structure.

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Nokomis School

One of the area's oldest educational institutions, the Nokomis School, was built in 1924 on Nippino Trail. The photo shows the two-room Mediterranean Revival style school.

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Oaklands-Woodlawn Cemetery

The Florida Mortgage and Investment Company deeded five acres in 1905 to Trustees John Mays, Willis G.P. Washington, Lewis Colson, Campbell Mitchell and J. P. Carter for a "colored" cemetery. The land was platted in 1910 as Oaklands Cemetery.

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Osprey School

The Osprey School served the Osprey and Vamo communities from 1927 through June 1976. It was one of four boom-time schools which were designed by Tampa architect M. Leo Elliot and built along the Tamami Trail between 1926 and 1928.

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Owen Burns Historical Marker and Burns Court Herald Square

Owen Burns was one of Sarasota's most distinguished citizens and connected with virtually every early development of the city. He first came to Sarasota on vacation from Chicago in 1910 and decided to make it his home. He purchased more than 75% of the land area of the city, making him the largest landowner.

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