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60 By Marcy Shortuse Photos from the Boca Beacon archives Few properties stand out in Boca Grande’s history as much as Journey’s End does. In the early 1900s it used to stand sentinel along the beach at the end of 18th Street, isolated from the other homes, always watching the Gulf with big, melancholy eyes. It has many tales to tell, from how the virgin heart-of-pine used in the structure found its way to the island, to the unique history of those who lived within the home’s sprawling walls. The tale begins in 1905, when a Louisiana man named Henry Stackhouse moved to the island. He worked as a foreman for the Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railroad, and he immediately gained a reputation for being hotheaded and slightly underhanded. He acquired the property at the end of 18th Street (where there was no street at the time) in 1911, and built the main house at Journey’s End in 1914. Michael Ingram, the seventh owner of the property, did some research of his own and unearthed the


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