The many responses to Freedom magazine (published by the Church of Scientology) from local Clearwater residents show that our readers are interested in Clearwater and want to know more about it. Many residents expressed an interest in the colorful history of our city. Thus, Freedom magazine printed a multi-part series on the history of Clearwater, covering the discovery of what became known as Clear Water Harbor by early settlers through World War II. Because of the overwhelmingly popularity of that series, we are reprinting it in full on these web sites.
In the early years of the 20th century, Clearwater established itself as a premier destination for fun in the sun.
In the 1920s, as word of the beauty of the area circulated far and wide, the city flourished.
And then came Black Friday.
The 1929 stock market crash and the Great Depression descended like a dark cloud, ending the boom years.
The immediate effects in Clearwater were seen in slowed construction. Some laborers and craftsmen were forced to leave the area to look for work.