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 […]

Early 1920s Photo of Tobacco Road Miami

Roseqnuist Bakery in Miami Florida

Before Tobacco Road was a Miami watering hole, it was a bakery. Not just any bakery, but a bakery that was a front for a speakeasy and gambling den. From the time that the first building and business appeared at 626 South Miami Avenue, or 1812 Avenue D as the address was known prior to […]

History of Wynwood Miami

Wynwood Walls

The Wynwood is a neighborhood in Miami Florida that has been getting a lot of attention recently for its development into a center for art and interesting restaurants, bars and breweries. However, very few people know the full history of this neighborhood that dates back to 1917. While Wynwood nears its 100th year, it is […]

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