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Jane Fisher Passes Away in 1968

Jane Fisher Passes Away in 1968
Figure 1: Portrait of Jane Fisher. On December 6, 1968, Jane Fisher died of a heart attack at the age of 74. She was the first wife of Miami Beach...

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Hotel Miami Burned Down in 1899

Hotel Miami Burned Down in 1899
Featured: Hotel Miami On November 12, 1899, the Hotel Miami burned to the ground, along with several other businesses including the Miami Metropolis. This was the second major fire in...

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Dade County Courthouse Dedicated in 1928

Dade County Courthouse Dedicated in 1928
Cover: Construction of new courthouse around old courthouse in 1926 The new Dade County courthouse dedication took place on September 6, 1928. There were many dignitaries among the 7,000 in...

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Venetian Pool Added to National Register in 1981

Venetian Pool Added to National Register in 1981
Venetian Pool being built in 1923 On August 20, 1981, the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The pool was created in...

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Republican Convention on Miami Beach in 1968

Republican Convention on Miami Beach in 1968
Richard Nixon at 1968 Republican Convention on Miami Beach On August 5th, 1968, the Republican National Convention began at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The convention took place from August...

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Miami News Tower Construction in 1924

Miami News Tower Construction in 1924
Cover: Lot for Miami News Tower in June of 1924 On the morning of June 11, 1924, workman began clearing pine trees that covered the lot at NE Sixth Street...

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Fort Dallas is Abandoned in 1858

Fort Dallas is Abandoned in 1858
Cover: Fort Dallas in 1858 On June 10, 1858, the US government abandoned Fort Dallas. The fort was located on the north bank of the Miami River. The drawing in...

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Miami High First Commencement in 1904

Miami High First Commencement in 1904
Cover: Postcard of Miami School and Auditorium in 1904. On June 6, 1904, Miami High School's first commencement took place. There were a total three graduates. In the fall of...

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James Cox Buys Miami Metropolis in 1923

James Cox Buys Miami Metropolis in 1923
Figure 1: James M. Cox in 1920 On June 4, 1923, former Ohio governor James Middleton Cox bought the Miami Metropolis newspaper and renamed it the Miami Daily News-Metropolis. James...

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Father of Miami Passes Away in 1913

Father of Miami Passes Away in 1913
Portrait of Henry Flagler A little more than a year after seeing his beloved Oversea Railway reach Key West, Henry Flagler passed away at his home in Palm Beach, Florida....

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Miami Metropolis First Issue in 1896

Miami Metropolis First Issue in 1896
First Issue of Miami Metropolis The first issue of the Miami Metropolis, forerunner of the Miami News, published its first issue on May 15, 1896. The Miami Metropolis was the...

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Tamiami Trail Officially Opened in 1928

Tamiami Trail Officially Opened in 1928
Cover: Opening of Tamiami Trail on April 26, 1928. On April 26, 1928, Miami and Tampa were joined when the 284-mile Tamiami Trail (US 41), officially opened. A project that...

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First Train Arrives in Miami in 1896

First Train Arrives in Miami in 1896
Artist rendition of first train that arrived in Miami on April 13th, 1896. On April 13th, 1896, the first FEC locomotive arrived in the yet to be incorporated City of...

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Daughter of Julia Tuttle Gets Married in 1897

Daughter of Julia Tuttle Gets Married in 1897
Julia & Fannie Tuttle in 1890 On April 12th in 1897, Francis, daughter of Julia Tuttle, married Charles Conrad Saunders at old Fort Dallas. The ceremony was officiated by the...

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Carl Fisher Memorial Dedicated in 1941

Carl Fisher Memorial Dedicated in 1941
Figure 1: Carl Fisher Memorial in 2016 On April 10th, 1941, Miami Beach citizens dedicated the only memorial in America that commemorates the accomplishments of Carl G. Fisher. The memorial...

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SW Second Avenue Bridge Opens in 1924

SW Second Avenue Bridge Opens in 1924
Figure 1: Trolley Crossing over SW Second Avenue Bridge in 1926. Courtesy of Florida Memory. On April 9th, 1924, the second SW Second Avenue Bridge opened across the Miami River....

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Lemon City Library Opened in 1894

Lemon City Library Opened in 1894
Lemon City Library in 1955 On April 7th, 1894, the Lemon City Public Library opened. The Lemon City library is the oldest in the Miami-Dade Public Library System. The library...

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Pioneer Doctor James Jackson Dies in 1924

Pioneer Doctor James Jackson Dies in 1924
Dr. Jackson and daughter Helen in front of Royal Palm Hotel in 1905 On April 2, 1924, Dr. James Jackson, a pioneer physician that came to Miami with Henry Flagler's...

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Miami Mayor EG Sewell Dies in 1940

Miami Mayor EG Sewell Dies in 1940
Figure 1: Front Page of Miami Daily News on April 1st, 1940 On April 1st, 1940, Miami was stunned by the news that the city's mayor, pioneer Everest G. Sewell,...

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First Church Service in 1896

First Church Service in 1896
Figure 1: First Presbyterian in 1903 On April 1, 1896, the First Presbyterian Church became the first organized congregation in Miami. Although there is evidence that indicates a number of...

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Founder of Coral Gables Passes Away in 1942

Founder of Coral Gables Passes Away in 1942
Figure 1: George Merrick On March 26 in 1942, George Merrick, planner and developer of Coral Gables, passed away from a heart attack at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He passed away...

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Sewell Brothers Open Up First Store in 1896

Sewell Brothers Open Up First Store in 1896
Figure 1: Ad in 1907 Miami City Directory On March 26, 1896, the first store in downtown Miami was opened by John and E.G. Sewell. The store was located on...

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Magnolia Park Turns 100

Magnolia Park Turns 100
Magnolia Park Map On March 22nd, 1916, Magnolia Park, a sub-division on the Upper Eastside of Miami along the Biscayne Boulevard corridor, was officially platted. Walter E. Flanders and his...

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Giuseppe Zangara Electrocuted at Raiford

Giuseppe Zangara Electrocuted at Raiford
Zangara Arrested in 1933 On March 20th in 1933, Giuseppe Zangara was electrocuted at Raiford for the murder of Anton Cermak in his assassination attempt of FDR in Bayfront Park....

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Ground Breaking for Royal Palm Hotel in 1896

Ground Breaking for Royal Palm Hotel in 1896
Miami Pioneers during the Groundbreaking in 1896 On March 15 in 1896, Reverend A.W. Brown turned the first shovel of dirt for the ground breaking for the building of the...

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Brickell’s Babylon Faces Demolition

Brickell’s Babylon Faces Demolition
Brickell Zoning March 5th, 2016 In the appearance of an effort to up zone the area of Brickell near the curve at Brickell Bay Drive, the city has declared the...

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Mary Brickell Wins Land Title Case in 1898

Mary Brickell Wins Land Title Case in 1898
Devil's Punch Bowl On March 4, 1898, Mary Brickell won a land title case that included 640 acres of the Jonathon Lewis grant, including an area known as the "Punch...

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Projects Break Ground in Downtown Miami

Projects Break Ground in Downtown Miami
Miami World Center March 4th, 2016 Miami World Center and the Paramount residential broke ground this week in downtown Miami. The very large World Center project will include 27 acres...

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The Duke of Dade Passes Away in 1917

The Duke of Dade Passes Away in 1917
JW Ewan, Duke of Dade. On February 22, 1917, James William Ewan passed away at the age of 67. Having arrived in Miami in 1874, he was considered one of...

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Miami Beach Mayor on Cover of Time in 1940

Miami Beach Mayor on Cover of Time in 1940
John Levi On February 19th, 1940, the Mayor of Miami Beach, John H. Levi, appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. Levi was the man that was responsible for bringing...

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County Causeway Opens in 1920

County Causeway Opens in 1920
County Causeway in 1919 On February 17th, 1920, the new County Causeway connecting Miami to Miami Beach opened. In addition to the Collins wooden bridge, the County Causeway provided a...

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Roddy Burdine Passes Away in 1936

Roddy Burdine Passes Away in 1936
Roddy Burdine Stadium in Mid-1940s On February 15, 1936, Roddy Burdine, Miami's Merchant Prince and Chairman of Burdines Department Store, died at St. Francis Hospital on Miami Beach of encephalitis....

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Isidor Cohen Opens First Miami Store in 1896

Isidor Cohen Opens First Miami Store in 1896
On February 12, 1896, Isidor Cohen opened Miami's first store on the south side of the Miami River just six days after his arrival to the area. Cohen's clothing store...

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John Collins Passes Away in 1928

John Collins Passes Away in 1928
Collins and Pancoast Family in 1921 John Collins passed away on February 11th in 1928. Along with Carl Fisher and the Lummus Brothers, Collins was a pioneer in the founding...

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Florida Experiences Second Freeze in 1895

Florida Experiences Second Freeze in 1895
James Ingraham On February 7th, 1895, the State of Florida experienced a second freeze that wiped out the citrus crop everywhere north of Fort Lauderdale. The winter of 1894-95 was particularly...

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Miami Pioneer Merchant Arrives in 1896

Miami Pioneer Merchant Arrives in 1896
Cohen Family in 1919 On February 6th, 1896, Isidor Cohen arrives in Miami, three months ahead of the arrival of the first train. Although the Sewell brothers may have argued...

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Saint Patrick Church Dedicated in 1929

Saint Patrick Church Dedicated in 1929
Capone leaving St. Patrick Church in 1941 On February 3rd, 1929, Saint Patrick Catholic Church was dedicated. The land for the church was a combination of 6 lots that were...

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William Burdine Passes Away in 1911

William Burdine Passes Away in 1911
William Burdine On February 1st, 1911, the founder of Burdine's Department Store, William Murrah Burdine, passed away. Burdine, a confederate soldier during the Civil War, took a chance on a...

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Al Capone Dies at Palm Island Home in Miami Beach

Al Capone Dies at Palm Island Home in Miami Beach
Miami News Headline on January 22nd, 1947 On January 25th, 1947, Chicago gangster Al Capone died in his Villa on Palm Island in Miami Beach, Florida. Capone had suffered a...

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Flagler Arrives in Key West in 1912

Flagler Arrives in Key West in 1912
Henry Flalger on January 22nd, 1912 in Key West On January 22, 1912, Henry Flagler arrived in Key West on the FEC Overseas Railway. The Overseas Extension was the culmination...

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Hotel Miami Officially Opens in 1897

Hotel Miami Officially Opens in 1897
Hotel Miami in 1897 On January 22, 1897, Hotel Miami officially opened its doors on South Miami Avenue just north of the Miami River. South Miami Avenue was called Avenue...

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Rendition of Miami Skyline in 2030

Rendition of Miami Skyline in 2030
Rendition of Miami Downtown Skyline in 2030 December 18, 2015 Assuming that the projects planned for downtown Miami are built, VisualHouse created a rendition on what the downtown skyline would...

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Last South Florida History Class at Miami Dade College

Last South Florida History Class at Miami Dade College
Dr. Paul George December 5th, 2015 The spring 2016 semester at Miami Dade College will mark the end of an era. The South Florida History Class will be taught by...

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Meyer-Kiser Building Sold for $9.2M

Meyer-Kiser Building Sold for $9.2M
Meyer-Kiser Building being rebuilt in 1927 November 23rd, 2015 Formerly known as the Meyer-Kiser Bank Building, the Dade-Commonwealth Building recently changed owners when the $9.2 million sale to a joint...

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Downtown Holiday Inn Sold to Make Room for 77 Story Tower

Downtown Holiday Inn Sold to Make Room for 77 Story Tower
Rendering of World Trade Center at 340 Biscayne Blvd November 20th, 2015 The Holiday Inn at 340 Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami was sold for $65 million to make room...

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Bal Harbour Church Denied Historic Designation

Bal Harbour Church Denied Historic Designation
Church By The Sea in Bal Harbour November 18th, 2015 The Miami-Dade County Historic Designation Board voted to not pursue historic designation for the Church by the Sea in Bal...

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Veteran Remembers WWII Coast Guard Service in Miami

Veteran Remembers WWII Coast Guard Service in Miami
Flagler Street in 1945. Dupont Building on the right, from FloridaMemory.com An article in the Miami Herald recalls the experience of a Western Pennsylvania woman who served in the Coast...

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Best Use for Museum Park in Downtown Miami

Best Use for Museum Park in Downtown Miami
Museum Park November 9th, 2015 Article in the Miami Herald which gathered opinions from local CEOs on the best use of Museum Park. The debate focuses on whether it should be...

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Miami During The Civil War Rose Wagner (1903)

Miami During The Civil War Rose Wagner (1903)
Wagner House at 1145 NW 8th Avenue in 1979 October 23rd, 2015 On October 23rd, 1933, Rose Wagner Richards died at the age of 81. Rose was part of the...

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A Billion Dollar Miami River Complex

A Billion Dollar Miami River Complex
Miami River Complex Location October 21st, 2015 Miami City Commissioners will vote on providing special permission to Chetrit Group and Ari Pearl to provide a complex on the Miami River...

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Push for a Chinese Hub in Miami

Push for a Chinese Hub in Miami
Miami Chinese Paper run by Johnson Ng Image by Miami Today October 16th, 2015 The very first Chinese to migrate to Miami came to work on the railroads. In the...

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University of Miami Opens in 1926

University of Miami Opens in 1926
UM opening on Oct 15th, 1926 October 15th, 2015 Based on the optimism of the land boom of the mid-1920s, a group of citizens banded together to charter the University...

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Indian Curse on Miami Dolphins?

Indian Curse on Miami Dolphins?
Joe Robbie Stadium October 6th, 2015 After another slow start for the Miami Dolphins, WSVN reported that the explanation for the poor start could be due to a Tequesta curse...

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Record Crowd Attended High School Football Game in 1965

Record Crowd Attended High School Football Game in 1965
Miami Herald Headline in 1965 October 2nd, 2015 Miami High against Coral Gables High was always a big matchup in the 1950s and 60s when it came to high school...

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Brickell Key Park May Be Developed Soon

Brickell Key Park May Be Developed Soon
Brickell Key Park October 1st, 2015 Brickell Key Park was never intended to be a park indefinitely. The Swire Group is requesting that the 2.4 acre park be re-zoned for...

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SunTrust International Tower Gets Quiet Renovation

SunTrust International Tower Gets Quiet Renovation
SunTrust International Tower September 30th, 2015 The SunTrust International Tower at 1 SE 3rd Avenue in downtown Miami has quietly gotten a $35 million renovation. The renovation has provided an...

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Langford Hotel Nearing Completion

Langford Hotel Nearing Completion
Langford Hotel September 28th, 2015 The Langford Hotel, located at 121 SE First Street in downtown Miami, is nearing completion. It is expected to open this winter. The exterior is...

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Three Tower Project at 1400 Biscayne Boulevard Announced

Three Tower Project at 1400 Biscayne Boulevard Announced
September 22nd, 2015 The Related Group announced plans for a three tower condominium development at 1400 Biscayne Boulevard. The towers will be built on an L-shaped parcel on the block...

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Study for Tunnel to Replace Brickell Draw Bridge

Study for Tunnel to Replace Brickell Draw Bridge
Brickell Avenue Bridge TrafficImage by Miami Today News September 20th, 2015 Given the endless increase in traffic congestion and Miami’s limited mass transportation options in downtown Miami, one City Commissioner...

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Evolution of Miami River in Last 50 Years

Evolution of Miami River in Last 50 Years
Miami River in 1918 September 18th, 2015 The Miami River has always been the centerpiece of the City of Miami. The serpentine body of water has been significant to the...

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Interstate 395 Replacement Plans Revealed

Interstate 395 Replacement Plans Revealed
Rendering of I-395 Design Option September 18th, 2015 The Florida Department of Transportation is accepting bids to replace the 1.4 mile stretch of I-395 between I-95 and the MacArthur Causeway....

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Brickell Office Building Sells for $142 Million

Brickell Office Building Sells for $142 Million
Esprito Santo Plaza Building at 1395 Brickell Avenue September 16th, 2015 Espirito Santo Plaza Building Sold The Espirito Santo Plaza office building at 1395 Brickell Avenue was sold to a...

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Miami River Mixed Use Project Details Unveiled

Miami River Mixed Use Project Details Unveiled
Miami River Project September 15th, 2015 The mixed use project that will be nestled between Northwest 2nd Avenue and I-95, on the south bank of the Miami River, will consist...

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