The Naples Park History:
In the late 1880’s two Kentucky business partners went on a little venture after hearing of a fantastic and undiscovered land that boasted of abundant fishing and wild game, in a tropical setting along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The two partners, General and Senator John Stuart Williams and Louisville Courier-Journal Publisher William Haldeman, were so impressed with this destination, that they called it Naples, for it was reminiscent of the town of Naples Italy with its comparable mild climate, untouched white beaches and warm gentle waters much like the waters of the Mediterranean.
And so the town of Naples, Florida was born. General Williams and William Haldeman began to heavily advertise Naples as a tourist destination in the Louisville Courier-Journal with the news quickly spreading to other publications in the United States. And so, General Williams and William Haldeman began their land development plans for the area of Naples. After General Williams’ served his final term on the United States Senate in 1885, he relocated to Naples so that he could engage more in the development pursuits of the Naples area with William Haldeman. They were very particular on what section of Naples should be developed first, as it would have to be an area that would be most attractive to visitors because of its proximity to state parks, glorious beaches, and to where the heart of the city would someday be built. The area of focus was called Naples Park and eventually grew becoming not only a vacation hotspot, but became a permanent home to many northern transplants because of its central location, and brimming business opportunities. By the 1920’s Naples had become incorporated and was known as the hub of the agricultural and fishing industry. In the 1950’s, Naples Park was primarily known as home to the working class and although it was considered to be remote it grew throughout the twentieth century and especially boomed by the 1970’s. Today, Naples Park is an affordable community in which to live, and is home to seven-thousand Floridians who enjoy its laid back lifestyle.
Naples Park is located on the west side of U.S. 41, also known as Tamiami Trail and is so centralized that it is in a perfect location to not only the world-class beaches and lavishly green state parks, but minutes to various shopping plazas, local grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and hospitals.
Thanks to the discovery of the incredible destination of Naples and the Naples Park area by the promoter’s General Williams and William Haldeman, this piece of paradise is a flourishing and favorite city of its thousands of visitors that have been coming for over one hundred and twenty years.