miami history

Aerial of downtown Miami in 1921

Aerial of Flagler Street in 1921

The aerial photo of downtown Miami in 1921 provides a glimpse of what the area looked like on the eve of the great building boom of the mid-1920s. The photo was taken prior to the construction of most of the…


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…


Avenue D and Twelfth Street (Miami Avenue & Flagler Street) in 1913

Miami Avenue & Flagler Street in 1913

The photograph features a view at the corner of Avenue D and Twelfth Street in 1913. The photographer stood in the middle of the western side of the intersection facing east. If the street names don’t sound familiar, it is…


Royal Palm Hotel in either late 1928 or 1929

End of Miami’s Royal Palm Hotel

The first twenty years of the Royal Palm Hotel represented a time when the hotel was the center of social activity for the growing City of Miami. It sat in one of the most desirable locations in the city. It…


Royal Palm Hotel

Opening of Miami’s Royal Palm Hotel

As part of his agreement to accept land from Julia Tuttle and the Brickells in October of 1895, Henry Flagler committed to extending his railway, building a “fine hotel” and laying out the infrastructure of an area along Biscayne Bay…