Punta Gorda, Florida: "First White Man Dies In America" Marker

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Ponce de Leon Park

3498 W Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL
Ponce de Leon Park. I-75 exit 164. West on US 17, which turns into Marion Ave. After about five miles, bear left into the park.
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First Dead White Man marker.

"First White Man Dies In America" Marker
A neglected marker. We really shouldn't forget our first dead white man. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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First White Man Dies in America Marker

The marker and statue were present and in good shape. What is even more impressive is the animal sanctuary that is located within the same park, just a few hundred feet away.

[Mike D., 08/12/2013]

Sanctuary for the animals, but no mercy for the white man.

"First White Man Dies in America" Marker

We found the "First White Man Dies in America" marker. We also found, at the same gulfside park, three different Juan Ponce de Leon statues. One sits up on a stone edifice with benches in front of it -- very odd. There were also several other markers noting how Florida was named. Good place to stop and move around during long drive.

Has restrooms, small playground, boardwalk, amazing view of Gulf of Mexico.

[Dawn Peters, 07/24/2010]

Historical marker.

"First White Man Dies In America" Marker

The sign has been updated and is brand new.

[David Nagelberg, 08/17/2009]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Military Heritage MuseumMilitary Heritage Museum, Punta Gorda, FL - 2 mi.
Segregated Train StationSegregated Train Station, Punta Gorda, FL - 3 mi.
Radioactive Fountain of YouthRadioactive Fountain of Youth, Punta Gorda, FL - 3 mi.
In the region:
Failed Hollow Earth Utopia, Estero, FL - 37 mi.

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