The Florida Southern Railway in 1885-1886, constructed a line from Bartow Junction to Charlotte Harbor, and a new town, Punta Gorda, sprang up at the southern terminus of what was then the southernmost railroad in the United States. Punta Gorda’s beginning enbroiled its settlers and leading citizens in a controversy that raged for many years.
Peeples, Vernon E.
"Trabue, Alias Punta Gorda,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 46
, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol46/iss2/7