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Coconut Grove Residents in 1887

Early Stirrings in Coconut Grove

We’ve noted in the previous blog that a vast wilderness with small clusters of hardy settlers living along Biscayne Bay was the greater Miami of just 125 years ago. Further, we observed that Coconut Grove, one of those communities, was…


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…


Lake Worth in 1880s

Before the Railroad: The Southeast Florida Frontier

Greater Miami is young, as developed entities goes. While the county stretches back to 1836, the city of Miami, its flagship municipality, traces its corporate existence only to 1896.  Further, the county’s population in 1890 was less than 900, despite…


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…


Front of Comfort Lodge in 1930s.

Comfort Lodge on Brickell Avenue

Through the looking glass of Miami’s Millionaire Row stood an array of mansions occupied by the wealthy families that once called Brickell Avenue home. Some of them created their wealth in the growing City of Miami after incorporation, and others…