Eminent local historian Vernon Peeples provides a rich historical narrative and a wealth of documents, photos and maps in his book “Punta Gorda, In the Beginning, 1865-1900.” The book is based largely on the priceless collection of historical materials he has amassed over his many years living in Punta Gorda that are ultimately destined for the Punta Gorda History Center.
The book is available online at www.amazon.com for $39. Copies also can be bought at Florida Gulf Coast University in the Herald Court Centre, 117 Herald Court.
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