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18 Old Photos Of Stuart That Take Us Back

First settled in 1870 for its abundant water sources, Stuart used to be nothing more than a pineapple farm, a railway stop and a general store. Today, Stuart is home to more than 17,000 yearly residents, and it’s the certified “sailfish capital of the world.” Sport fishermen and tourists alike flock to this hub for its multitude of game fishing opportunities and its temperate climate.  

There’s no doubt that Stuart has seen some changes throughout the years, but let’s take a look back at the way things once were. 

1. Aerial view of Stuart (1948)

Old Photos Of Stuart

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

2. Andy Harrold hauling in fresh water catch near Belle Glade and Stuart (1956)

Andy Harrold hauling

Photo Credit: Johnson; State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

3. A boy in a boat excitedly reeling in a fish in Stuart (1958)

fish in Stuart

Photo Credit: Johnson; State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

4. A couple fishing from a motorboat at the Dorsal Fishing Post (1956)

Dorsal Fishing Post

Photo Credit: Barron; State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

5. Fisherman proudly displays his snook catch at Saint Lucie River (date unknown)

Saint Lucie River

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

6. George W. Parks general store in Stuart (date unknown)

George W. Parks

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

7. People watch a shipwreck near Hutchinson Island's Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge (1890s)

Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

8. Gymnasium built by the FERA at Stuart high school (1935)

FERA at Stuart high school

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

9. Martin County Hospital in Stuart (date unknown)

Martin County Hospital

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

10. Woman taking a nap while fishing in a boat (1958)

fishing in a boat

Photo Credit: Johnson; State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

11. North bound train in Stuart (date unknown)

North bound train

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

12. Street scene looking southeast on Osceola Street (1928)

Osceola Street

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

13. Pelican Hotel in Stuart (1941)

Pelican Hotel

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

14. Florida News & Photo Service director Howe Sadler photographing for sail fishing in Stuart

sail fishing

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

15. Day for scrubbing turtles at the House of Refuge (1962)

House of Refuge

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

16. St. Lucie Avenue (1923)

St. Lucie Avenue

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory


17. Stuart Hotel (1922)

Stuart Hotel

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

18. Man trying to find the bottom of a wet spot (1912)

wet spot

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory