Lucky Cole Loop Road Photographer

by Lucky Cole
(Ochopee Florida USA)

Red Mail Box and Lucky Strike sign

Red Mail Box and Lucky Strike sign

Just wanted to let everyone know we open to visitors most Saturday and Sunday afternoons. I tell friends that are coming out just to see us to please call first (239-695-2550) or check my Facebook page (Lucky Cole)to make sure we are open in the event I have a photo shoot.

I first came to Loop Road in 1965 when my friend Ben Wolfe first moved onto his property at the end of the paved part of the road. (It was not paved at that time.) We had a weekend place there until 1990 when we had a chance to buy just one mile east of Ben's place. My wife Maureen and I moved there full time in 1994 from Miami and love it. It's a great way to live and we are only one hour from Miami and just over one hour from Naples.
If any of your readers want to check us out before coming by have them check out one of our websites (www.naturesexoticbeauty.com) or just Google (Lucky Cole Loop Road)

If you enter from the east end of Loop Road at the forty mile bend which is paved we are approximately 7.2 miles in and look for the red mailbox on your left. If you enter from the west end (Monroe Station area) which is a gravel road we are approximately 16 miles in and the red mailbox is on your right.

Lucky Cole
luckyland@earthlink.net

NOTE FROM FLORIDA BACKROADS TRAVEL 2-12-12

Lucky Cole is featured in Tim Dorsey's novel Electric Barracuda. Go to https://www.florida-backroads-travel.com/tim-dorsey.html for a video of Lucky telling how it all came about.

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May 12, 2016
Memories
by: Joey Barber Jr

In 1981 I had the utmost pleasure of meeting Lucky and his family with my dad Joe sr at Ben Wolfes home on Loop Road hunting fishing riding buggies 3 wheelers swimming campfire's and fine glades dining a man with many families and fatherly advice to the group of us that frequented loop road from helping Ben as a little boy boy scout trips and school class campus lucky and my father were there to do what was needed my dad passed away 3 years ago and I still find myself reminiscing about my memories of the wonderful loop road best wishes lucky Cole and many blessings God bless you and your family love always joey barber jr and the barber family

Feb 23, 2014
Me and Lucky In The Ludlam Canal
by: Bill Booher

Lucky and I met on the western banks of the Ludlam Canal in the early 60s. We both had boats and had built camps on the FEC Railway lands.

His boat was faster than mine , but I lived on the canal next to Dr Thompson's house and could raid Lucky's camp anytime he was gone. He would burn my camp down. The next week I would burn his down. We have been friends ever since those days.

I am lucky to have LUCKY as my friend

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Kelly

by Kelly Wallace
(Davie, Florida)

I'd heard stories about Loop Rd. and the Gator Hook bar since moving to Miami in 1979. Yesterday I asked my wife if she would like to take a ride with me to see a place I've always wanted to see.

It was beautiful, water crystal clear, air plants everywhere. Went by Lucky's house, and soon realized the bar was gone. Wanted to stop in for a beer in the worst way. The ride was amazing though as we did see a bobcat and two otter along Loop Road.

As we were leaving we stopped in the Miccosukee Restaurant for some delicious gator tail and frog legs, fry bread, and hush puppies. All in all a terrific day. Wonderful memories, and I did have that beer with dinner.

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2013 -Big Cypress Loop Road Florida

Not as remote as depicted here.

Basically the whole road is now paved and sees quite a bit of human traffic in way of tourists. So, a little disappointing on that score, but, on the plus side we did see quite a few gators and birds. Certainly an interesting drive and worth a few hours if you are down that way.

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Peter, are you sure you are talking about Big Cypress Loop Road? I was there less than a year ago and only the eastern 7 miles was paved, as it has been for years. The western 11 or so miles was dirt and very tough for most cars to make the trip, especially during wet weather.

Thanks for the great pictures!

FLORIDA BACKROADS TRAVEL SAYS

I have corrected the original entry on the Loop Road because you and others have pointed out to me that the western 18 miles or so are now surfaced with gravel and much easier to negotiate in a car than it used to be.

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Mar 04, 2014
2013-Big Cypress Loop Road
by: Anonymous

It is only paved for the first 8 miles

Nov 29, 2013
Recent Loop Road Trip
by: John O

We did the drive recently (Nov '13) with friends starting at Monroe Station and it was easy but you naturally take your time and stop frequently to see the wildlife. Plenty of critters and flowing water in the swamp but the road was dry. Call it what you want, the western 18 miles are packed gravel. In very rainy season it's probably a more tricky drive. After a couple hours the girls were hinting about the need to "make a stop". Where was that going to happen? And suddenly off the road on our left was a ramshackle place with a neon OPEN sign and another that said Cold Beer. We had to stop! And there was Lucky Cole and Maureen. He's a hoot and she's a sweetheart. It was worth the trip just to spend an hour and a half with them. Don't miss the chance. Just do it!

Aug 10, 2013
confirming location
by: P

The loop road starts at GPS 25.762291,-80.827231 (Loop road junction with Tamiami trail (US 41/90) at east end) through to GPS 25.863819,-81.100645 where it re-joins Tamiami trail at west end. Is this correct ?

We ran it in January this year. It was a made road all the way and you could drive a normal car or RV or whatever down no problem. May have been heavily compressed gravel at one point but certainly not a dirt road.

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Thanks for the information. I confirmed this with Lucky Cole who lives on Big Cypress Loop Road. I'm going to go back and correct my original entry of a couple of years ago.

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Loop Road and Lucky's Place

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

Lucky's Place on Loop Road

Lucky's Place on Loop Road

On Tamiami Trail (US-41) about halfway between Naples and Miami there is a place called Monroe Station.

There used to be a ramshackle old building there that dated back to the 1920s. It was used as a way station, restaurant, and boarding house for early travelers on this lonely stretch of road.

The building burned down recently and all you can see now is some charred ruins.

There is a country road leading south from Monroe Station called the Loop Road. It's official designation is CR-94.

It heads south for several miles, and then bends east where it hooks up with Tamiami Trail again.

It is probably the loneliest 25 mile stretch of road in Florida.

A few hardy pioneers used to live along this road. Most of them are gone, their homesteads purchased by the federal government when the Big Cypress was assembled as a national preserve.

A visitor recently (August 2013) drove this gravel stretch of road and says it isn't bad for a regular passenger car.

You may see alligators, bears, panthers and a human now and then. The humans are generally fishing in the numerous shallow streams and swampy areas.

You won't see many signs of civilization, but will get a good feeling for how primitive life must have been in this wilderness for the early pioneers.

I like to play the country favorite Orange Blossom Special as I go through this lonely country.

This is in honor of the late Ervin Rouse, who lived on the Loop Road some years ago.

He is famous for writing the "Orange Blossom Special", a country fiddle classic.

After about 15 miles of this gravel road, you will finally come to the paved section that you will enjoy for the final 8 miles.

The paved section begins at a Big Cypress ranger station and a trail head that will give you a great walking experience through the Big Cypress Swamp.

Early on this final 8 mile paved stretch you will come to a ramshackle collection of old motorcycles, trailers, a fence, firewood for sale, and a Lucky Strike sign.

This is the home of Lucky Cole, Everglades Photographer.

Maybe they call him Lucky because he has figured out a way to get beautiful women to photograph them in the nude and pay him for it.

Search for him on the internet and you will get a glimpse of his work.

Lucky doesn't sell anything to tourists, but will give you a beer and sit and gab for a while. He does accept donations to his retirement fund.

The only other residents of this lonely road seem to be some Miccosukee Indians who live in neat modern concrete block houses toward the eastern end of the 8 mile paved stretch.

A more civilized and quicker trip for a passenger car on the Loop Road is to enter on it's eastern end and drive 8 miles to where the paved road ends. Then turn around and go back.

HERE IS MORE INFORMATION FROM LUCKY COLE

Just wanted to let everyone know we open to visitors most Saturday and Sunday afternoons. I tell friends that are coming out just to see us to please call first (239-695-2550) or check my Facebook page (Lucky Cole)to make sure we are open in the event I have a photo shoot.

I first came to Loop Road in 1965 when my friend Ben Wolfe first moved onto his property at the end of the paved part of the road. (It was not paved at that time.) We had a weekend place there until 1990 when we had a chance to buy just one mile east of Ben's place. My wife Maureen and I moved there full time in 1994 from Miami and love it. It's a great way to live and we are only one hour from Miami and just over one hour from Naples.
If any of your readers want to check us out before coming by have them check out one of our websites (www.naturesexoticbeauty.com) or just Google (Lucky Cole Loop Road)

If you enter from the east end of Loop Road at the forty mile bend which is paved we are approximately 7.2 miles in and look for the red mailbox on your left. If you enter from the west end (Monroe Station area) which is a gravel road we are approximately 16 miles in and the red mailbox is on your right.

Lucky Cole
luckyland@earthlink.net


NOTE FROM FLORIDA BACKROADS TRAVEL 2-12-12

Lucky Cole is featured in Tim Dorsey's novel Electric Barracuda. Go to https://www.florida-backroads-travel.com/tim-dorsey.html for a video of Lucky telling how it all came about.

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May 12, 2016
Memories
by: Joey Barber Jr

In 1981 I had the utmost pleasure of meeting Lucky and his family with my dad Joe sr at Ben Wolfes home on Loop Road hunting fishing riding buggies 3 wheelers swimming campfire's and fine glades dining a man with many families and fatherly advice to the group of us that frequented loop road from helping Ben as a little boy boy scout trips and school class campus lucky and my father were there to do what was needed my dad passed away 3 years ago and I still find myself reminiscing about my memories of the wonderful loop road best wishes lucky Cole and many blessings God bless you and your family love always joey barber jr and the barber family
Feb 23, 2014
Me and Lucky In The Ludlam Canal
by: Bill Booher

Lucky and I met on the western banks of the Ludlam Canal in the early 60s. We both had boats and had built camps on the FEC Railway lands.

His boat was faster than mine , but I lived on the canal next to Dr Thompson's house and could raid Lucky's camp anytime he was gone. He would burn my camp down. The next week I would burn his down. We have been friends ever since those days.

I am lucky to have LUCKY as my friend

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Oct 15, 2015
Loop Road
by: Steven

Definitely one of the more memorable road trips. If your extra adventurous take this during the summer months due to its myriad muddy potholes. In the winter months its graded and many less potholes to dodge.

The wildlife is everywhere along this trek. From gators,birds, racoons along the roadside, to the fish in under the multiple one lane bridges, streams an ponds.

Lucky's is at the opposite end if entering via the Historic and abandoned Monroe Station. As you travel this route and become captivated by the dwellings on this route, your mind may start hearing the tune "Dueling Banjos" in your head.

Oct 05, 2015
Gators
by: Hoot Gibson

Drove my Jeep Wrangler from my little sister's home in Naples to Monroe Station and took the Loop Rd down and over to 41, then 41 back, this was February 2008, the weather was perfect. Photographed one of the biggest gators I have ever seen{and we grew up in Venice, back in the 1950s and early 60s when it was still pretty wild in Florida. A buddy of mine and me plan or riding our dual sport Motorcycles, stop at Lucky's and head down to the Observation Tower and then Flamingo next February....can't wait!

Feb 13, 2015
What Memories
by: Steven

Sister in law and I were coming back from Flamingo at Sunrise, when I noticed on my GPS that loop road lay just ahead. I was curious about this trek ever since reading the article in the then St. Petersburg Times.

Entering thru the east end, we passed the concrete block homes, a short distance up the asphalt road I saw the street sign with Lucky's name on it. Would have loved to meet the man, however, the feelings probably wouldn't have been mutual at 7 am on a Sunday morning.

Soon the paved road surrendered to its earthen cousin, and before we knew it the journey began. We passed houses whose driveways looked like mini creeks. Suddenly my sister in law started humming the tune "Dueling Banjos." The next couple of hours we spent dodging huge rain filled potholes until we reached the other end.

Soon we were on top of many low lying concrete bridges that crossed small creeks along this lonesome desolate stretch. As I turned the car off, we came out of our air conditioned comfort and felt the humidity of that August clinging to us like a broken hearted lover weighing us down. After getting a few pictures, the mosquitoes were all over us despite the bug repellent. Quickly we got into the car and traveled deeper into the wilderness. Several stops taking more photos, and a myriad of insect bites later, we passed a sign that read "Gator Hook Trail." At which point we thought our eyes were deceiving us. Ahead coming at us was a brand new shinny BMW Roadster. Holy cow we weren't the only two insane people in the State!

Soon we found ourselves out of the car again taking more pics. This time due to the birds raccoons and gators, along with the pond lilies looking like something out of a Monet painting, and cypress trees standing in water.

Hastening our way back into our refuge, hours later we came out the Monroe Station side to read a sign that read, "Last Chance To Turn Around." We looked at other and busted out laughing until we cried. Had this sign been on the East side we may have missed out on a excellent adventure!






Dec 08, 2011
My Friend Lucky
by: Charlie {Eddie} Arnold

Many years ago,in the 1950s and 60s I would go to the Loop on the weekends with my family to fish and camp; this was a great experience as a pre-teenager.

I remember Monroe Station. Back then it was alive with Hunters,Fishermen,Swamp Buggy Rides and you could even get married there.When I got married in the mid 60s I would often go to Loop Road to fish for Bass and large War mouth Brim,using a Cane Pole and a Black worm.

I would stand on an old bridge and jiggle my hook until I caugnt something,sometimes just a Gar Fish.I went to Miami Springs Jr High and lived in Miami Springs,made very few friends. One of those friends was Lucky Cole.

I left Miami in the late 1960s and went north to Lakeland,many years past,and I decided to find some old friends,so I started on Facebook. I found many familiar names and tried to contact them. ONLY one responded: LUCKY COLE.

In School I Always admired Lucky,he was kind and friendly to all,he was the Koolest kid in School,and with a name like Lucky,well that was even Kool.

When Lucky returned my call I was not at home,my wife answered and she told me he called. We made plans to visit him on the Loop; I was suprised to learn he has lived there for many years with his lovely wife Maureen.

We arrived at this place with a fence with a motorcycle sticking out through it and with the gates closed. I knew we were at the right place {the mail box was a dead giveaway}.

We visited with Lucky for several hours ,caught up on a lot of old times{Lucky remembered some things that I didnt}. Well, it had been 46 years since we had seen each other,and this was one of the Biggest higtlights of my life.

Lucky was a Kool guy when I first met him in School,and he is still the Koolest guy I know. Lucky will always be a true friend.

Lucky will always be a friend to Loop Road and The Everglades.

Dec 07, 2011
Lucky Cole loop Road
by: Lucky Cole

Mike thanks for the great write up.

Just wanted to let everyone know we open to visitors most Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

I tell friends that are coming out just to see us to please call first (239-695-2550) or check my Facebook page (Lucky Cole)to make sure we are open.

I first came onto Loop Road in 1965 when my friend Ben Wolfe first moved on to his property at the end of the paved part of the road. (It was not paved at that time.)

Ben was friends with the Volkers and knew them well.

We had a weekend place there until 1990 when we had a chance to buy just one mile east of Ben's place. My wife Maureen and I moved there full time in 1994 from Miami and have loved it. It's a great way to live and we are only one hour from Miami and just over one hour from Naples.

If any of your readers want to check us out before coming by have them check out one of our websites (www.naturesexoticbeauty) or just Google (Lucky Cole Loop Road).

Thanks again Mike and we hope you make it back for another visit soon.

Lucky Cole
luckyland@earthlink.net

Aug 14, 2011
RESIDENT
by: Anonymous

My uncle and aunt used to live on Loop Road - George and Irene Volker.

I used to visit them back in the 1960's. They were among the settlers bought out by the U.S. government. They lived in a trailer and had airboats.

Uncle George used to poach gators in the days before you could hunt them.

I loved those times. E-mail: RobertNewbold4191@yahoo.com


Apr 26, 2011
Stuck on Loop Road as a kid with my family
by: Dan Pennington

The road hasn't changed much in 50 years. I remember being stuck for a short time there - a chevy station wagon going across one of those areas where the water was over the road. Not sure I loved it at the moment but made one of those enduring Florida moments in my mind as a kid.

Apr 24, 2011
Have Fun At Lucky's
by: Mike Miller

Hi Conchscooter:

I thought you pretty much stayed in the Keys. I hope you get to visit laid back Lucky's. It's definitely on the back roads.

Regards, Mike

Apr 24, 2011
Loop Road
by: Conchscooter

I enjoy riding the Loop Road on my motorcycle and stopping to take pictures. It really is true wilderness with a chance to see alligators and less fearome creatures in their habitat unhindered by human contact (one hopes).
I liked the stucff about Lucky as I had never stopped by there. The gates have always been closed but oif they are open I will use your story to see if I could get a chat.
Thanks for the info.

Apr 14, 2011
Luckys Place
by: Charlie Arnold

I went to school with Lucky,found him on Facebook after 45 years,I went to see him and his wonderful wife Maureen in March,had a wonderful time,ate some Deer Chili,and caught uo on old times in Miami Springs where we went to School together. Lucky was a KOOOOOL guy in School and is still the same today.I fished on Loop Rd as a young man, many great memories there.

May 23, 2010
Lucky's Place
by: Mike Miller

Steve: thanks for your observations and advice.

May 23, 2010
LUCKY'S PLACE
by: Steve LaBree

We spent some time with Lucky and Maureen today at their "beach." What a great afternoon with two great people. If you go, take them a six pack or a bottle of wine. Lucky loves a good cigar, by the way. You can buy something to drink, or enjoy Lucky's venison stew. But the main thing is enjoy yourself...two very cool souls to hang with.

Apr 28, 2010
A good bit of history
by: Cindy

that is some true history,another good read, i didn't know about this unique spot,, thanks for the oldie but goodie information. There is so much right in our own backyards that we miss seeing and enjoying, happy traveling Mike :)

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Loop Road was Wild and Free

by Brad Kelly
(Largo, Florida)

.... and a fine place to grow into a man.

In the 50s & 60s Loop Road was still wild and free. I'm a sixth generation Cracker and as a boy seriously proud of that. We lived in the Tampa area but my Grandfather took me with him fishing in the glades on a regular basis.

My Granddad had some kind of business going on with the Indians and some people on the Loop but was always pretty vague about it. The Indians still lived in little villages along US41 but liked to move the villages once in awhile just to torque off the government agents.

Most of the time he would go off fishing with two or three guides (I always wondered about that) and I would stay in the village and play with my friends.

I learned how to catch snakes, catch gators and about girls from those times. One time my father had gone along and my Grandfather was visiting some friends on the Loop. My father had insisted my younger brother come along too and guess who got to play babysitter.

I took my brother and a couple of cane poles and walked down the road to a place they call Cypress Stand now. In those days all you had to do was take a handful of corn meal, throw it in the water and drop a cast net over the boiling fish and you had a fish fry (highly illegal today).

We had stopped at a neighbors camp and his daughter had come with us but little brother kept it down to holding hands. At the Stand there was a little gator about five feet long (about as long as I was tall. I was only twelve.

Without a word I jumped off the bank and onto the gator. I always carried my shepherds sling and wrapped it around his snout. After a few minutes rest and a kiss from Janet we carried the gator back to the camp.

Everyone just stared at us in disbelief.

They were having some kind of shindig (a barbeque I think it was) and lots of folks had arrived while we were gone.

My father just stood there with his mouth hanging open (He wasn't much of an outdoors man.) My little brother was pretty proud of me and started going on about how I had jumped off the bank onto the gator and fought it onto land. I remember looking at my fathers face and wishing my brother would hush.

Finally my dad asked me what had possessed me to jump on top of that alligator. I looked at him straight in the eye and said "Dad, Jungle Jim (a movie character played by the late actor Johnny Weissmuller) does it all of the time." (Have I mentioned that my father didn't have a good sense of humor?).

Right there in front of all of those people he grabbed my arm and gave me one of my four memorable whippings and not one of those other folks tried to stop him. I knew some of the other kids and when they tried to turn away their parents made them turn back and watch.

That's alright though, every dark cloud has a silver lining. I got a number of other kisses from Janet and had seen my Grandfather turn and walk away. I found out later he had almost laughed himself sick and was pretty proud of me.

There are so many memories about the loop, the Gator Hook Bar. The best wild hog barbeque at Monroe Station and all of those smoked hams hanging from the rafters. Lets not forget the red eye gravy too. Anyway, thanks for letting me post. It brought back some fun times.

Oh yea, my Granddad, he along with a couple of folks on the Loop and a few Indians had a fine moonshine operation going on.

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Aug 12, 2016
Gatorhook
by: Janet Hughes

I was raised on the Loop and spent lots of time at Gatorhook with Jack Sr, Jack Jr and Joyce. My daughter learned to walk on the bar at Gatorhook.

Fond memories

Mar 23, 2016
Golightly
by: Charles Knight

The family were the Golightlys. Not Golightly. I'm from the Loop. My family owned Gator Hook.

Feb 03, 2016
Loop Road
by: Gwynne Constantino

My husband still tells me stories about Wild Hog hamburgers, catching snakes and giving them to Miami Serpentarium.

He also speaks of the Go Lights and mentioned a bar off Loop Road and swimming in the shallows.

He is now 54 but grew up out there when he was just a young boy.

Sep 22, 2014
Thanks For The Loop Road Memories
by: Florida Backroads Travel

Brad: thanks for sharing your story with our readers. If I had ever had the nerve to jump on a gator and tie him up, I'm sure my dad would have whipped me too. But I'm sure the memory of the whipping pales by comparison to actually capturing a gator with your bare hands.

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Gator Hook Lodge

by Charles Knight
(Melbourne, Florida, USA)

I'm Charles Knight, son of Jack Knight Sr.

Gator Hook was built by my brother Jack Jr. Dad eventually owned it but only after my sister Joyce tired of it. I lived in the room above the bar. Dad lived next door in a Mobile home.

Life on the Loop was interesting to say the least. You can read my memoirs in my monthly column Flori-Duh in Brevard Live magazine.

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Rugby: One of the Founders of Loop Road

by Gwynne Constantino
(Sunrise FL)

My husband's mother's father was one of the first to walk Loop Road. My husband Vince grew up out there as a boy. His Grandfather, Orville Rugby went to Washington asking them to put a bridge across 41 so they would not mess up the Everglades, but government did not listen.

My husband proposed to me on Loop Road and that day thousands of ibises flew in the opening. We have seen owls, otters, alligators and panthers off Loop Road.

Diane Rugby wrote a book called Florida Critters for children about the Everglades and dedicated it to her father Orville Rugby.

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Fantastic memories of true Florida pioneers. Thanks for sharing with us, Gwynne.

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Oct 09, 2016
Loop Road
by: Laurene Tibbs

I share your fond memories of the Loop Road & Monroe Station, having lived there from 1945 to 1950 but it was a favorite family Sunday drive in the late 30s.

Dad hunted the glades every year and was a friend of the owners of Monroe & Paolita Stations.

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Loop Road Childhood

by Hollye Priest
(Geneva, FL)

I used to live on loop road when I was a kid in the Everglades in 1977.

When I was about 6 or 7 we lived on the loop road in an old hunting camp. (I am now 41).. I went to school 40 miles away with the Miccosukee Indians.

I remember The Gator Hook, my mother used to sing there. I remember Ervin Rouse (who wrote the Orange Blossom Special), he used to kiss my hand when he saw me. I remember Pinecrest Bar. I have pictures that are so funny.

You can look at me now and never believe I was the barefooted cute little dirty looking girl in the pics. We played at an old abandoned place it was so weird with an old cash register and bar in it. It was right down the street from our house.

We would swim at the gator landing, where the airboats put in at. Wow would never do that now. There were these naked Indians right when you would go on the loop. They even had teepees. My brothers and I would always look for them when we went by because it was so freaky.

Lots of gator hunting, fishing, frog leggin, airboat riding and bare feet. :)

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May 11, 2016
Pinecrest
by: Anonymous

Did anyone know Jack Gove? He was in Pinecrest when I had a hunting camp out there.

Sep 22, 2014
Don't remember any TeePees
by: Brad Kelly

Never saw the Teepees. The Indians all lived in Chickees. Teepees aren't practical in Florida.

Lots of naked folks skinny dipping or just out for a walk. During the 70s Hippy chicks were the wild ones.

Would love to know what old building you were talking about, it sounds really cool.

My time down there was the late 50s thru the late 70s. I still go back a few times a year to fish or just sit and watch. Keep those memories, they are rare and special.

Sep 07, 2014
Loop Road Memories
by: Tammy James Hesler

Hollye, we lived on Loop Road at the exact same time We also would spend lots of time in the Pinecrest and Gatorhook. My mother sang there as well.

I would love to hook up with you maybe through Facebook. I have some pictures of Ervin Rouse and the Pinecrest on my page you may enjoy seeing

Sep 07, 2014
Loop Road Memories
by: Tammy James Hesler

I also lived on loop road in the late 70's.We lived on Jim Dale Rd. We also would frequent the Pinecrest and Gatorhook.

When I read this post it was like going back in time. My mother also would get up and play and sing with Ervin Rouse. He was a very sweet person.

We went to school in Everglades City and had quite a long bus drive with Mr.Larry everyday. Great place to grow up lots of wonderful memories of living way out in the boondocks with lots of awesome people

Jul 30, 2014
Unforgettable memory
by: Phil M.

July 1967,I was 16(just got my Driver license) driving a 62' falcon and headed for the Glades for 1st time with Dave & Hugh early Sat. AM.

Found the turn off to the loop not knowing where the hell we were going but thrilled beyond words the further in we went.The trail narrowed creating a sort of tunnel.The water passages were filled with gar, crystal clear water, huge bromeliads.

The Miccosukee lived along the trail the 1st several miles in huts with canoes alongside.Very cool then. Caught a Fl. King snake and saw several pigmy rattlers.

About 5 miles past Pinecrest a wild cold front threatened to strand us in nowhere land! Drove that poor falcon hard to get back to civilization.

I still think of that 1st trip. Returned in 2013. Stopped and ate lunch by a culvert. Always will love the loop.

Check Nat.Geographic Aug.1976....Phil


Oct 08, 2012
A Wonderful Life!
by: Carol

I'm a former Miamian and love the Everglades. There are so many places tourists never see.

Your childhood sounds like a beautiful step back in time. It would be fantastic if you shared some of those pictures here!

Thanks for your story.

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