An unofficial Web site for the
Clearwater Historical Society
Post Office Box 175
Clearwater, Florida 33757

Click here for the official web site.


The Clearwater Historical Society puts on a great fish fry twice a year at the Ross Norton Park Recreation Center, 1426 South Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, from 11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Check the official web site (see above) for more details.

The fish fry is a place to meet old friends and hear stories about how good life was before the county got so "improved."

The Society raises money to restore and maintain the historic Plumb House. You can help - come to the fish fry! Or, make a contribution!



Photo gallery (click on photo to enlarge):
Central High School (later, Clearwater Junior High School) (now a vacant block)
Aerial view of downtown, circa 1949-50 (?) (see note 1)
Clearwater Beach Marina, "new" bridge to causeway, and site of present roundabout (see note 2)
North beach, looking
south (see note 3)

The Owl Diner


The Park Terrace Grill
(see note 4)
The new Clearwater High School as it appeared in 1956:

Notes:

  1. Postmarked 1950. Landmarks include the old city hall, across from the courthouse. Note the absence of Island Estates.
  2. Back of postcard reads: "Yacht Basin and Marina. Left side:-the beach entrance to fishing pier, Pier Pavilion, Lucky Links, and Memorial Civic Center. Right side:-new bridge to causeway leading to Clearwater. Top:-shopping area and motels." Postmark not legible.
  3. Note the narrowness of the beach! Today, the seawall is far from the high water line.The card has a 1983 copyright date but the photo has to be much older. The Sand Key Bridge had been constructed, but Sand Key was undeveloped.
  4. The building exists today, beneath the additions to what is now Harrison's restaurant.

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