"Bean's Point" / Early Legend

"Bean's Point" / Early Legend (HM1DHI)

Location: Anna Maria, FL 34216 Manatee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 32.101', W 82° 44.172'

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In May 1894, Anna Maria Island's first modern-day pioneer — George Emerson Bean — took up a homestead, signed by President Wm. McKinley, that embraced the island's entire north point. Other daring settlers, such as Samuel C. Cobb and John R. Jones, came shortly after, clearing the island's dense jungle to build homes. In 1913, George W. Bean, son of Anna Maria's first pioneer, founded the Anna Maria Development Company. This opened the island to its expansion as a uniquely appealing summer and winter resort for visitors as well as year round home for an increasing number of residents form almost every state of the union.

Marker Reverse:
Earliest known dwellers of Anna Maria Island were Indians of the Timucuan Tribe, whose burial mounds, filled with tribal artifacts, were found years later. According to tradition, Ponce de Leon in 1513 visited this key (then joined to what is now Longboat Key) and in honor of his sponsor King Charles II, gave the island his queen's name. In 1539, Hernando DeSoto is said to have made his first new world landing near here. Replenishing his ships' water casks, the explorer then passed around Anna Maria's north point and sailed to the Manatee River, launching his historic expedition to the Mississippi River.
Marker NumberF-171
Year Placed1969
Placed ByFlorida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials in cooperation with Manatee County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 4:44pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 328550 N 3046896
Decimal Degrees27.53501667, -82.73620000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 32.101', W 82° 44.172'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 32' 6.06" N, 82° 44' 10.32" W
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Area Code(s)941
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 316 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria FL 34216, US
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