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From Campers to Trailer Parks

The fondness of many of Florida's millions of visitors and new residents for leisurely accommodations and vacationing helped establish new communities that catered to people looking to stay for extended periods without living in one location year-around. Still other places, such as trailer parks, offered both the chance to put down roots and to pick up stakes and move on when the time was right. Florida is a state well-suited for those who choose impermanence as a lifestyle. In some cases, however, trailer parks and resort camping areas became so well-established that they constituted new towns in themselves. Florida cities that experienced tremendous growth, prosperity and popularity as vacation and relocation destinations, such as Sarasota, also benefited from their trailer parks which helped draw visitors and new residents.

Al and Roey Stickles pushing a baby stroller through a trailer park in Sarasota, Florida (1946)

Al and Roey Stickles pushing a baby stroller through a trailer park in Sarasota, Florida (1946)

Image number: C002906

Al Stickles tends to the area near his trailer: Sarasota, Florida (1946)

Al Stickles tends to the area near his trailer: Sarasota, Florida (1946)

Image number: C002951

Al and Roey Stickles sit down to have a meal: Everglades National Park, Florida (1946)

Al and Roey Stickles sit down to have a meal: Everglades National Park, Florida (1946)

Image number: C002885

Al and Roey Stickles dancing at the trailer park: Sarasota, Florida (1946)

Al and Roey Stickles dancing at the trailer park: Sarasota, Florida (1946)

Image number: C002936

View of the Sarasota Trailer Park: Sarasota, Florida (1948)

View of the Sarasota Trailer Park: Sarasota, Florida (1948)

Image number: C008139

Accompanying note: "The city-owned trailer park in Sarasota is one of the world's largest. Thousands gather here every winter to enjoy Florida's Scenic beauty."

View of Hollywood Beach Trailer Park: Hollywood, Florida (1953)

View of Hollywood Beach Trailer Park: Hollywood, Florida (1953)

Image number: C017604

Photo by: Charles Barron

Trailer parks proved particularly attractive areas for the thousands of retirees that annually chose Florida as their new homes. Successful parks such as Briny Breezes in Palm Beach, on famous Highway A1A, gained enough population and established enough infrastructures to be incorporated as distinct towns. Trailer parks also provided necessary housing for the droves of new workers brought to areas of Florida transformed by new industries such as Cape Canaveral, the center of United States space-age development in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Retirees play shuffleboard at the trailer park: Clearwater, Florida (1955)

Retirees play shuffleboard at the trailer park: Clearwater, Florida (1955)

Image number: C022013

View of the shuffleboard court at the trailer park: Clearwater, Florida (1957)

View of the shuffleboard court at the trailer park: Clearwater, Florida (1957)

Image number: C022012

Trailer park: Cape Canaveral, Florida (1958)

Trailer park: Cape Canaveral, Florida (1958)

Image number: C028648

Photo by: Charles Barron

View of the Trailer park and boat area at Briny Breezes: Delray Beach, Florida (1963)

View of the Trailer park and boat area at Briny Breezes: Delray Beach, Florida (1963)

Image number: C640338

Photo by: Johnson

Briny Breezes Auditorium (19--)

Briny Breezes Auditorium (19--)

Image number: PC0908

View of the Briny Breezes Trailer Park: Delray Beach, Florida (1963)

View of the Briny Breezes Trailer Park: Delray Beach, Florida (1963)

Image number: C640331

Photo by: Johnson

Unidentified couple tends to their yard at Trailer Estates: Sarasota, Florida (1967)

Unidentified couple tends to their yard at Trailer Estates: Sarasota, Florida (1967)

Image number: C023723

View of the Miami Heights Trailer Park: Miami, Florida (1967)

View of the Miami Heights Trailer Park: Miami, Florida (1967)

Image number: C673886

Photo by: Karl E. Holland

Mr. Paul E. Linthieum tends to the garden near the trailers: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1967)

Mr. Paul E. Linthieum tends to the garden near the trailers: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1967)

Image number: C673865

Photo by: Karl E. Holland

Ladies sit near the community swimming pool: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1967)

Ladies sit near the community swimming pool: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1967)

Image number: C674485

Photo by: Karl E. Holland

Hollywood camp on the ocean front: Hollywood, Florida (1950)

Hollywood camp on the ocean front: Hollywood, Florida (1950)

Image number: C013526

Retirees at the trailer park: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1963)

Retirees at the trailer park: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1963)

Image number: C640346

Photo by: Johnson