El Jobean Hotel - El Jobean, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member rogueblack
N 26° 57.862 W 082° 12.733
17R E 379686 N 2983065
Quick Description: The wooden hotel, which seems so unassuming and condemned now, has a history of clowns, daredevils, and movie stars.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 7/19/2008 6:40:52 PM
Waymark Code: WM47XB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 39

Long Description:
From 1888 until 1921, Southland existed solely as Charlotte Harbor & Northern Railroad depot that serviced Hall Naval Stores and Stephen Brothers turpentine camps that leased prisoners for labor.

In 1922-23, Joel Bean had the town replatted and renamed to an anagram of his name, El Jobe-an, and began building up the town by providing a Post Office & General Store and a Hotel.

In 1931, Metro Goldwin Mayer used the hotel to house film crews and actors. In 1942, Joel Bean sold the property to Leo Simon, a.k.a. Suicide Simon. The hotel became home base for Suicide Simon’s daredevil acts and the winter quarters for many other carnival acts including the Flying Wallendas.

In 2004, it was one of Charlotte County's historical sites to survive Hurricane Charley.

Now privately owned by the El Jobean Historical Property, Inc, the disheveled structure is a shadow of the fantastic, colorful history it can tell. Florida's dense vegetation has shrouded its expansive walls and concealed its former grandeur.

Sources: National Register of Historical Places;
Lindsey Williams;
Sun Times: Our Lives at the Millennium, Charlotte County Timeline
Charlotte County Property Appraiser: Real Property Record for 4381 Garden Road
Street address:
4381 Garden Rd
El Jobean, FL USA

County / Borough / Parish: Charlotte

Year listed: 1999

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Person

Periods of significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Work In Progress

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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