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The city of Sarasota has several nicknames including "Circus City" as a nod to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circuses that used the city as their winter headquarters.


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  • After the 1819 acquisition of Florida as a territory by the United States and five years before it became a state in 1845, the army established Fort Armistead in Sarasota along the bay.

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  • European settlers arrived in significant numbers in the late 1840s. The area already had a Spanish name, Zara Zote, on maps dating back to the early eighteenth century, and it was retained as Sara Sota.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • In 1885 a Scots colony was established in Sarasota which was portrayed as a tropical paradise that had been built into a thriving town.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1895 - Sarasota
    Sarasota, sā-rá-so'tà, a post-hamlet of Manatee co, Fla., on the Gulf of Mexico, 110 miles S. of Cedar Keys. It has a church.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott

  • The village of Sarasota was incorporated for local government as a town under state guidelines in 1902 with John Hamilton Gillespie as mayor.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1906
    Sarasota, a post-village and resort of Manatee co., Fla., on Sarasota Bay, 110 miles S. of Cedar Keys. It is an important fishing station. Pop. 100.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

  • Sarasota was incorporated as a city in 1913, with A. B. Edwards as mayor.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    The Catch of Real Sports - not Commercial Fishermen
  • Ringling Brothers Circus established its winter home in Sarasota during 1919.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Mira Mar Hotel
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    The Charles Ringling Residence
  • (Sarasota) - In 1925, A. B. Edwards built a theater that could be adapted for either vaudeville performances or movie screenings.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    The John and Mable Ringling Art Museum
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    First Presbyterian Church
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Lido Beach Pool and Casino, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Lukewood Tropical Scene in Lukewood Park
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Main Street looking East, Sarasota, Florida
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Sunshine Springs and Gardens
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    The Smack Drive In
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Beach Scene, Lido Beach, 1934
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Fountain and Municipal Auditorium
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Sarasota Kennel Club
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Sarasota Court House, 1938
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Coconut Palms and White Sand at Lido Beach Casino
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Baseball Spring Training
    Boston Red Sox in Action
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Tropical Point Motel
  • News 1942 - EIGHT ARMY MEN DEAD IN CRASH OF THEIR PLANE.
    Sarasota, Fla., June 12. - (AP) - Eight army fliers were killed and two injured early today when a four-engined bomber crashed into Sarasota...Read MORE...


  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    St. Martha's Catholic Church
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Tourist Camp and Red Soc Training Quarters
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Main Entrance, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Winter Quarters, 1947
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Court Supreme
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Circus Hall of Fame
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    The Hopewell House
    367 West 8th Street
    Sarasota, Fla.
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA
    Plaza Spanish Restaurant


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The Catch of Real Sports - not Commercial Fishermen

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Mira Mar Hotel

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The Charles Ringling Residence

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The John and Mable Ringling Art Museum

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Main Street looking East, Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, Florida, USA
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Sunshine Springs and Gardens

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The Smack Drive In

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First Presbyterian Church


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Lido Beach Pool and Casino, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico

Sarasota, Florida, USA
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Lukewood Tropical Scene in Lukewood Park

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Beach Scene, Lido Beach, 1934

Sarasota, Florida, USA
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Fountain and Municipal Auditorium

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Sarasota Kennel Club

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Sarasota Court House, 1938

Sarasota, Florida, USA
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Coconut Palms and White Sand at Lido Beach Casino

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Baseball Spring Training
Boston Red Sox in Action

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Tropical Point Motel

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St. Martha's Catholic Church

Sarasota, Florida, USA
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Tourist Camp and Red Soc Training Quarters

Sarasota, Florida, USA
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Main Entrance, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Winter Quarters, 1947

Sarasota, Florida, USA
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Court Supreme

Sarasota, Florida, USA
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Circus Hall of Fame

Sarasota, Florida, USA
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The Hopewell House
367 West 8th Street
Sarasota, Fla.

Sarasota, Florida, USA
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Plaza Spanish Restaurant
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  • After the 1819 acquisition of Florida as a territory by the United States and five years before it became a state in 1845, the army established Fort Armistead in Sarasota along the bay.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • European settlers arrived in significant numbers in the late 1840s. The area already had a Spanish name, Zara Zote, on maps dating back to the early eighteenth century, and it was retained as Sara Sota.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • In 1885 a Scots colony was established in Sarasota which was portrayed as a tropical paradise that had been built into a thriving town.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1895 - Sarasota
    Sarasota, sā-rá-so'tà, a post-hamlet of Manatee co, Fla., on the Gulf of Mexico, 110 miles S. of Cedar Keys. It has a church.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • SARASOTA, FLORIDA : Historical Look Back Through Vintage Postcards


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  • The village of Sarasota was incorporated for local government as a town under state guidelines in 1902 with John Hamilton Gillespie as mayor.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1906
    Sarasota, a post-village and resort of Manatee co., Fla., on Sarasota Bay, 110 miles S. of Cedar Keys. It is an important fishing station. Pop. 100.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
  • Sarasota was incorporated as a city in 1913, with A. B. Edwards as mayor.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • Ringling Brothers Circus established its winter home in Sarasota during 1919.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • (Sarasota) - In 1925, A. B. Edwards built a theater that could be adapted for either vaudeville performances or movie screenings.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • News  1942 - EIGHT ARMY MEN DEAD IN CRASH OF THEIR PLANE.
    Sarasota, Fla., June 12. - (AP) - Eight army fliers were killed and two injured early today when a four-engined bomber crashed into Sarasota... Read MORE...

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