Articles by Paul S. George

Dade County Courthouse under construction in 1926

Dade County Courthouses

The area that became the City of Miami was host to the county courthouse on several occasions before it became the permanent county seat in 1899. Around the time Florida achieved statehood in 1845, the area along the Miami River…


Miami Daily News Tower in 1925.

Miami News Freedom Tower

The Miami News/Freedom Tower is one of the area’s most iconic buildings. It is a National Landmark property, the highest status accorded to a historic building or site, and is a stately structure, sheathed in a Spanish Plateresque style, hovering…


History of Miami City Cemetery – Part 2 of 2

The Miami City Cemetery contains many interesting sections.  A Catholic section lies near the front of the northern half of the graveyard and contains the remains of many members of Gesu Catholic Church, known earlier as the Church of the…


NE Second Avenue Entrance in 1988.

History of Miami City Cemetery – Part 1 of 2

As a native Miamian, my introduction to the historic Miami City Cemetery came “late” in life for me.  It was the mid-1970s, and I had returned to Miami, temporarily, after completing my Ph.D. in history at Florida State University. I…


Ponce De Leon

Spanish Missions on Miami River – Part 1 of 2

The rich history of Greater Miami reaches back at least 10,000 years, or for nearly 350 generations, if we employ the old benchmark of thirty years as constituting a generation. Our awareness of the presence of these early people is…