Fort Pierce was named for the U.S. Army fort built in 1838 during the Second Seminole War by Lt. Col. Benjamin Pierce. He was the Brother of Franklin Pierce that later became our president. They came in from the ocean through the Indian River Inlet, located just northeast of Jack Island.
Fort Pierce is one of the oldest communities on the east coast of Florida. On December 29, 1900 after posting a notice to all registered voters to assemble at a Hall.It is written that on February 2, 1901, Fort Pierce was organized as a municipal government. 54 of the 66 voters who lived in the proposed village area, met, voted to incorporate. They elected A.C. Dittmar as mayor, decided that there would be five alderman, and elected D.L. Alderman, A.Y.W. Hogg, P.P. Cobb, L.L. Carlton and F.M. Tyler. H.I. Klopp was elected as city clerk and D.S. Carlton as marshal.
Fort Pierce has become a diverse community, embracing the richness of our heritage and the promise of our children's future. The new downtown area is within sight of the timeless waters of the Lagoon and offers residents ans visitors contemporary shopping, fabulous dining manatee sightings, art, theather golf, boating fishing. We also have modern educational and research facilities, with a top-ranked Indian River Community College,and the Smithsonian Institution Research Center and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. The Sunrise Theatre opened in Jan 2007 which will-seat 1200 and serve as a regional performing arts center.
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park History
The Fort Pierce State Park is a half-mile stretch of white sand. You will find the U.S. Navy Frogmen, forerunners of today's Navy Seals here It was used by the Nayv and earned the name "Dynamite Point" from the activities of the Navy Underwater Demolition Team. The park is located in St. Lucie County and consists of two sections. The smallest position of the park, borders the north shore of Inlet and fronts on the Atlantic Ocean. The larger part of the park is at Jack Island Preserve, which is 1.5 miles north of the park. The history is an opportunity to discover the bio typical of the barrier islands that line Florida's east coast.
Explore and experience St. Lucie County's rich historical heritage:some of which are listed below
1.The ship of 1715 wreck of the Spanish treasure fleet
2. 1838 Seminole War, uniforms & material from Old Fort Pierce
3.Seminole Indian encampment
4. Turn-of-the-century industries: fishing, pineapple, cattle and citrus
5. 1907 restored typical Old Florida Home
6. 1919 operational American La France fire engine pumper
7.Harry Hill photographic collection (1880s-1920s St. Lucie County)
8. Memorial garden with Spanish canons and anchors (1715)
Personally I came to Fort Pierce in 1971. A young mother with two little boys from Chicago. I never wanted to go back. I fell in love with everything In Florida, St Lucie County and Yes Fort Pierce.