Articles by Paul S. George

Gesu Church in 1940s

Gesu Church in Miami – Part 2 of 2

In the first installment of this history of Miami’s Gesu Catholic Church, we noted that the first Masses celebrated in Miami at the time of its incorporation in 1896 were in the home of Joseph A. McDonald and John B….


Wagner Home in Lummus Park

Gesu Church in Miami – Part 1 of 2

The oldest institution in the greater Miami area centers on religion, specifically the Roman Catholic faith, which traces its beginnings here to a Spanish Jesuit mission on the Miami River in 1567, followed by additional missions in 1568 and 1743. …


Bay View Inn in 1880s

Miami in 1893 – Part 2 of 2

In the previous installment of this series, we followed the journey of Dr. Walter Graham through Miami and other portions of southeast Florida in 1893, at a time when that region was essentially an undeveloped wilderness. We left Graham as…


Aerial of Fort Dallas in 1894

Miami in 1893 – Part 1 of 2

Pre-incorporation Miami, that is the period prior to 1896, was a subtropical Eden with its clear streams and dense foliage, its billowing clouds, and stunning light, its sounds of birds and other wildlife in an untrammeled wilderness. Our information on…


Turtle at Sufside Town Hall

History of the Town of Surfside – Part 2 of 2

In our first article on the history of the Town of Surfside, we examined its early decades as a municipality while noting that its contemporary story deviates sharply from those earlier times. While no available data exists for the number…