Incorporation of Miami Beach in 1915

Ocean Beach Realty Company where Miami Beach was Incorporated

On March 26th, 2015, Miami Beach will celebrate the centennial of its first incorporation date. Since 1915, Miami Beach has become one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the United States. At one time, it was referred to as “America’s Playground”. The land that became Miami Beach began with rather humble beginnings. Prior to […]

Miami’s Pioneer Funeral Home

Comb's Resident Style Funeral Home

William Ewart Gladstone reportedly once said “show me the manner in which a nation or a community cares for its dead. I will measure exactly the sympathies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals”. Although it has been disputed whether or not Gladstone was the […]

Miami Pioneer EA Waddell and the Waddell Building

Waddell Bldg

When Josiah Chaille enacted his plan to rename the streets of Miami in 1920, Flagler Street and Miami Avenue became the center of downtown Miami. Just north of this intersection is a block that was heavily influenced by one of Miami’s earliest pioneers. One can walk north on Miami Avenue from Flagler Street and see […]

Allison Island and St. Francis Hospital

Allison Hospital in 1926

Following the closing of The Aquarium in April of 1923, James Allison still had plenty to keep him busy. While technically retired, Allison still operated Allison Engineering and ran the Indianapolis 500. He traveled frequently between Miami Beach and Indianapolis. The stress of Allison’s approach toward “retirement” did not help improve his battle with bad […]

The Aquarium – An Early Miami Beach Tourist Attraction

The Aquarium in 1921

On March 26th in 2015, Miami Beach will be celebrating its centennial. During the celebration of 100 years since incorporation, Carl Fisher will be celebrated as the visionary and builder of early Miami Beach. While Fisher was not alone in building Miami Beach, he was the major driving force behind what Miami Beach became in […]

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