Aerial of Elser Pier in 1917.

Elser Pier in Downtown Miami

Throughout its more than one hundred twenty-year history, Miami has had its share of attractions. In the second decade of the twentieth century, there was no bigger attraction than Elser Pier. It became the reason civic and industry organizations chose…



Miami Metropolis Building

Miami Metropolis First Issue in 1896

The Miami Metropolis, forerunner of the Miami News, published its first issue on May 15, 1896. It was the first newspaper in Miami and the first issue was published two months prior to the incorporation of the city. The Miami…


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Bandshell in Bayfront Park in 1928

Bayfront Park Bandshell in 1928

Less than two years after the opening of Bayfront Park, the Miami city manager recommended that the park acquire a larger bandshell to replace the bandstand that was constructed during the opening ceremonies for the park. The first approach was…