Everglades City: Spending 1-Hour in the 'Ghost Village'

Everglades City, also commonly known as just Everglades. Located in Florida’s Paradise Coast which also covers Naples and Marco Island. As a child, I pictured the Everglades as this huge, slimy swamp, where gators and big fish lived somehow in peace. And now, I guess this is not that far from reality.

I also never thought of it as a town or a city. Yet, it is. Although Everglades City is more like a ghost village, with an estimate population of 400 it still has its own special charm. It’s also just a short drive from one of the smallest Post Offices in the Nation.

Walking around this city felt like an episode of The Walking Dead. I was so ready to punch the heck out of the first zombie that crossed my path! But instead, it was an interesting combination of a ghost village with old buildings that still look picturesque in an old-fashioned way.

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Museum of the Everglades - previously the Everglades Laundry building.

Museum of the Everglades - previously the Everglades Laundry building.

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Lost City in the Everglades

Although no one knows for sure the exact location of the ‘Lost City’, it is said that it’s deep inside the Everglades. It’s also now covered by vegetation. There are no maps leading to it but curiously enough it is noted as an archaeological site in the Florida State Archives.

Rumor has it that it was in the Lost City where mobster Al Capone produced moonshine in the the 1930’s. Hhmm…

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Bank of Everglades building, Circa 1926, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

Bank of Everglades building, Circa 1926, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

Bank of Everglades building, Circa 1926.

Bank of Everglades building, Circa 1926.

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Everglades Isle Faux Lighthouse

Everglades Isle Faux Lighthouse

Top Things to See in the Florida Everglades

When traveling to the Everglades, you don’t want to miss these places:

  • Ochopee Post Office

  • Museum of the Everglades

  • Bank of the Everglades, Circa 1926

  • Marco Island Historical Museum

Ochopee Post Office - considered to be the smallest Post Office in the U.S. AND, it’s still completely functional!

Ochopee Post Office - considered to be the smallest Post Office in the U.S. AND, it’s still completely functional!

Marco Island Historical Museum - it’s free and filled with great history.

Marco Island Historical Museum - it’s free and filled with great history.

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I still have plenty more to see in Florida’s Paradise Coast but seeing Everglades City was super interesting! Maybe next time I’ll do some snorkeling and spend more time around the Everglades National Park.


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