Articles by Casey Piket

WTVJ Cameraman in 1949

WTVJ Eventful First Year in 1949

When there was a contraption added to the top of the Everglades Hotel in December of 1948, observant Miami residents were left wondering what it represented. The most common speculation was that the mooring for the Goodyear blimp was going…


Chief Tequesta welcomed Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1568.

Spanish Missions on Miami River – Part 2 of 2

Early in 1567, Father Juan Rogel, S.J., and Brother Francisco Villareal, S.J., returned to La Florida, the former moving to a military outpost near Charlotte Harbor in Calusa Indian country, while the latter settled among the Tequesta Indians near the…


Santa Lucia Steamer in 1899

Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1899

It is hard to imagine that a simple mosquito bite could lead to an epidemic that would quarantine an entire city for several months. If you live in South Florida, it is nearly impossible to avoid being bitten by the…


Soldiers marching on Twelfth (Flagler), Street in 1917.

Armistice Day in Miami (1918)

Miami residents woke up to a perfect fall day on Monday, November 11, 1918, as they prepared for the start of a new week. The low in the morning was sixty-eight degrees and the day would top off at eighty-degrees…


Exterior of U.S. Hotel in 1930s.

United States Hotel in Downtown Miami

Nearing its hundredth birthday, the U.S. Hotel stood as a lonely reminder of a past that is slowly disappearing in downtown Miami. It opened in November of 1918 and was razed in May of 2018. Its age and lack of…