Florida Public Archaeology Network
  Glades County       Page 1 of 2
  Created in 1921, and Moore Haven is the county seat. A fire burned much of the town that year, and that was followed by a hurricane in 1926. Those historic buildings that remained recently were recognized as part of a survey done in 1996.  This county was first called Muck! This was in reference to its reportedly very rich soils, which were advertised by Mayor O’Brien in the early twentieth century. By 1921 however, the county was officially called Glades, in reference to the Everglades. 
Save it Now Glades
This organization aims to preserve the natural heritage of the Everglades, Fisheating Creek, and the Caloosahatchee River. Currently many members of this group are opposed to construction of a coal burning plant planned for Glades County) (PO Box 1953 Clewiston, FL 33440) www.saveitnowglades.org
Fisheating Creek
Palmdale, along SR 27, north of the town of Moore Haven and west of Lake Okeechobee; aka the Fort Center archaeological site.   As its name suggests, this creek is widely known for excellent fishing, and also for a large population of alligators; however, recreational use of this creek has long been politically charged.  This website describes much of the complicated history of the creek, located in Glades County, and its ownership through time since use of a famous archaeological site called Fort Center.   This site is widely known for the life-sized wooden carvings of animals found there, and for the ancient mortuary pond that existed there long before Spanish contact in this part of Florida.   Some archaeologists call the native people who lived there the Belle Glade people, after a kind of pottery that has been found there. The site also was later used during the Seminole Wars. myfwc.com/recreation/

(This website is managed by a local group interested in preserving this area for local accessibility, a problematic issue since ownership of this area is by an agricultural company, as well as by the state, and of course archaeological resources also must be protected. However, this interest group sometimes leads tours to the site, and currently is planning to create a museum in the area to relate the story of Fort Center to visitors to the area; WARNING: this website may give a message that it can harm your computer, so it may be best to contact Fish and Wildlife to ask questions about recreational use of this general area: www.fisheatingcreek.com)
This other site,
clydebutcher.com/fall_19fc tells another story of this place, which also used to be the location of a roadside attraction called the Cypress Knee Museum, which housed many pieces of art made from cypress knees by the late Tom Gaskins. This museum is now closed, but is fondly remembered by many in this area, and this website, maintained in part by the famed photographer Clyde Butcher, explains some of that fondness:
Fisheating Creek Outfitters
Operated at the state-owned campsite by Fisheating Creek. This was instrumental in getting the creek open to the public in the recent past. Because of something called Preservation 2000, and the hard work of many people, Fisheating Creek has been saved for future generations to enjoy.   Fisheating Creek Campground is located on Highway 27 in Palmdale, ½ mile north of the intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 29. For more information on Fisheating Creek call (863) 675-7855.
Muse Cemetery
Muse, along Muse Road - This is another interesting and historic cemetery, used by the small community that first settled here. geocities.com/Heartland/Prairie/
Palmdale; north of where US 27 and SR 29 split from SR 25. Perhaps best known as the current home to the Gatorama alligator attraction - This community also was home to a pioneer community, as well as the Cypress Knee Museum, which no longer exists. However, this area soon should be home to a new planned museum about the history of the archaeological site Fort Center (see above links)
  Thanks to M. C. Bob Leonard, Professor of History, Hillsborough Community College for information from unofficial websites.
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