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Payne Park

Payne Park was host to many of Major League Baseball's most renowned figures from 1924, when the reigning champion of New York Giants of the National League opened spring training, until 1988, when the Chicago White Sox of the American League played their last spring game. The stadium was torn down in 1990.

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Rosemary Cemetery

Rosemary Cemetery is burial place for many early Sarasota citizens, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs including Scotsman John Hamilton Gillespie, first mayor and local manager for Florida Mortgage & Investment Co., British land developers of the municipality.

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Sarasota County Agricultural Fair

Sarasota County was formed in 1921, a year that coincided with the developing Florida Land Boom. Community leaders decided to call attention to the advantages of visiting and living in Sarasota by establishing a county fair and bringing a major league baseball team to town for spring training.

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Sarasota County Courthouse

On July 1, 1921, Sarasota County came into existence. Interest in breaking away from Manatee County had led to a series of public meetings the previous summer. Lack of good roads, inadequate representation in Tallahassee, and subjection to isolation by other sections of the county were among the grievances cited by the citizens.

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Sarasota Terrace Hotel

Built by Charles Ringling in 1925 on the site of the number one green of the Old Gillespie Golf Course, this building was originally known as the Ringling Terrace Hotel. It later became known as the Sarasota Terrace Hotel.

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Sarasota-Bradenton Airport

Citizens from Sarasota and Bradenton began work in 1939 to create a joint airport after two earlier Sarasota airports had failed. With development of the project by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) beginning in 1940, 700 acres between U.S.41 and Old Bradenton Road...

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Seaboard Railroad

On this site in 1903, the U.S. and West Indies Railroad and Steamship Company built a depot. The railroad, subsequently incorporated into the Seaboard Air Line Railway, provided great impetus to the town's turn-of-the-century progress.

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Siesta Public Beach

Throughout history this island has had various names. During the 1800's and early 1900's it was known as Little Sarasota Key and Sarasota Key. Common usage of the name Siesta, taken from a residential development at the island's north side...

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