Photo Gallery

These photographs come from our archives on Anna Maria Island's history. You can view these photographs and many more, as well as photographs of objects in our collections, on eHive.

1950s, Karl Wallenda

1950s, Karl Wallenda

Karl Wallenda walked across Longboat pass on a tight rope as a fundraiser for building the bridge from Anna Maria Island to Longboat Key. The bridge to Longboat Key was built in 1957.

Early 1900s, Pine Avenue

Early 1900s, Pine Avenue

Roser Memorial, the first church on the Island, built in 1913, can be seen in the top right corner of this photograph.

Mid 20th Cent., Pine Avenue

Mid 20th Cent., Pine Avenue

This photograph depicts Pine Avenue after the road was paved. Roser Memorial Church can be seen to the left.

Early 1900s, Pine Avenue

Early 1900s, Pine Avenue

Large steam ships would unload hundreds of passengers onto the City Pier. From there, passengers would walk down Pine Avenue to a bathhouse-restaurant-hotel combination located where the Sand Bar restaurant stands now.

Ca. 1920-1926, City Pier Postcard

Ca. 1920-1926, City Pier Postcard

The City Pier was once home to the Lotus Cottage and to La Belle Haven cottage. In 1926, rotted pilings caused these cottages to fall into the Bay. Belle Haven was rescued and is now located at the AMI Museum and Historical Park.

Automotive Garage on Pine Avenue

Automotive Garage on Pine Avenue

The current museum building was originally built in 1920 as an ice house. It went on to serve as an automotive garage, city government offices, and then a sea turtle hatchery. It became the museum in 1992.

City Jail ca. 1950s

City Jail ca. 1950s

The City Jail served as a jail from 1927 to the 1940s. In the 1940s, it was struck by lightening and the wood roof burned away. The city decided to use the remains of the building as a photo op for visitors, so the slogan you still see today was painted on the side.

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Physical Address:

402 Pine Avenue

Anna Maria, Florida 34216

 

Mailing address:

P.O Box 4315

Anna Maria, Florida 34216

 

Tel: 941-778-0492

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