Carl Fisher Memorial Dedicated in 1941

Carl Fisher Memorial in 2016

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 features a bronze bust of Fisher, wearing his floppy hat and smiling. The inscription reads: “Carl Graham Fisher – he carved a great city out of a jungle”. The memorial is located at the corner of Alton Road and Lakeview Drive.

Fisher passed away in St. Francis Hospital on July 15th, 1939. He was responsible for building a number of organizations and places. He and his partner James Allison built Presto-Lite and sold it to Union Carbide. He was a big part of the building of the Indianapolis Speedway, Lincoln and Dixie Highways.

Carl Fisher Memorial in 1946

Figure 2: Carl Fisher Memorial in 1946

However, he is most fondly remembered in South Florida for his contribution in building Miami Beach. Just as Henry Flagler is considered the Father of Miami, Carl Fisher is the Father of Miami Beach. If there were going to be only one memorial for Fisher, Miami Beach is a very fitting place for the man that literally carved a resort city out of jungle.

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  • Figure 1: Carl Fisher Memorial in 2016.
  • Figure 2: Carl Fisher Memorial in 1946. Courtesy of Florida Memory. Photographer, Charles Barron.