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Prehistoric Creatures Who Walked or Swam Over This Land

The Clewiston Museum fossil collection represents creatures of the Glades from thousands and millions of years ago.  The collection consists of fossils of mammoths, mastodons, giant ground sloths, megalodons, saber-tooth cats, a dugong, a giant land tortoise and many others.

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The Belle Glade Culture

These prehistoric artifacts were brought to the Lake Okeechobee area in prehistoric times during the period from about 1,000 BC - 1700 AD. The types of artifacts found nclude pottery, spear points/knives, shell sinkers/pendants, bone points, shell adzes, celts, and gouges.

Spanish Galleons & Treasures

Gold and treasure from South America has been found in the Glades!  Histories and important details are highlighted in this exhibit.

Fish of Lake Okeechobee

Bass, catfish and other fish have been tremendous magnets for sport fishing as well as commercial fishing.  The lake ecosystem which includes birds, alligators, and other fauna and flora, plays a huge part in the history of the Glades area.

Seminole & Miccosukee 

Prior to the 20th century Native Americans (Caloosa, Seminole, Miccosukee) thrived in the Glades. The exhibits contain clothing, patchwork, tools, and adornments they used.

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Historical Clewiston

There is a large room that is dedicated to sharing the history of Clewiston and its foundations: Lake Okeechobee, the sugar industry, the cattle industry, the soil, and most importantly, the community.


During WWII, the Royal Air Force (RAF) trained British pilots at Riddle Field just west of Clewiston. Letters, medals, uniforms and training tools make up most of the exhibits. Click on the image at left to see more images! Click the title above to read about the life of a #5 BFTS cadet, George Hogarth. Click here to read RAF Over Florida: Memories of World War II Brisitsh Air Cadets by Willard Largent.

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