Crooked Hook's History
The property on which Crooked
Hook RV Resort resides was originally home to the Clewiston
Syrup Mill. The syrup mill was built by Mr. Neils Bach.
The mill, using mule power to grind the cane, produced pure cane syrup marketed under the brand name Golden
Brand Syrup. In order to create the feel of a sugarcane
plantation, Mr. Bach and Mr. Ed Watson gathered plants and flora from all over the
glades area and the Caribbean and planted them on the property.
The syrup mill operated approximately ten years until the price
of syrup dropped below the margin of profitability. Mr.
Bach sold the property to Ed Watson in 1961 and Ed
decided to build a campground.
Determined to build a
campground better than those he'd visited himself, Ed
began building using fill from the construction of
the current U.S. Highway 27. The Sugar Shack (Recreation
Hall) and the bathhouse were the first buildings. A double
wide trailer served as the office and managers residence.
tent area sat where the pool is currently. The pool and
shuffleboard courts were added later. The campground opened
the campground Ed decided to hold a contest. The contest
was advertised in the Clewiston News and sweetened by prizes to
be awarded for the winning name. Clewiston Airport
manager, Sam Belk who said that from the air the Park looked
like a crooked fishing hook, won the contest with the name
Crooked Hook Campground. Sam won $75 in free eats from
the now defunct Glades Restaurant and $75 in cold hard cash put up by Ed.
The name was finally changed to its current name Crooked Hook RV
Resort. The lush tropical vegetation planted by Neils Bach
and Ed Watson is alive and well in Crooked Hook to this day and can be
enjoyed by everyone who visits our park.