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Captain Vail Floating Hotel in March of 1896.

Captain Vails Floating Hotel

Captain Edward E. Vail was more than just a Miami pioneer. His experiences on the sea and as an entrepreneur provided him with several lifetimes of fascinating stories. He was considered one of the more interesting raconteurs in early Miami….


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…


Soldiers marching on Royal Palm Park in 1898.

Miami and the Spanish American War – Part 2 of 3

As noted in part one of this series, Miami finally secured a military training camp in June of 1898 as fighting continued in Cuba between the United States and Spain over the issue of Cuban independence. The work of the…


Tents in Miami for Soldiers in 1898

Miami and the Spanish American War – Part 1 of 3

Miami was less than two years of age when, in April 1898, the United States went to war with the aging empire of Spain over the issue of Cuban independence.  A picturesque island with a lively, cosmopolitan capital in Havana,…


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…