Articles by Casey Piket

Preparing Grounds of Royal Palm Hotel in 1896

Preparing the Grounds for the City of Miami

In the Fall of 1895, John Sewell was in Palm Beach, Florida, working for Joseph A. McDonald who was the head of the construction arm of the Florida East Coast Railway. It was during a brief meeting that McDonald informed…


Miami City Commission in 1921. Ed Romfh in the middle.

Remembering Miami Pioneer Ed Romfh

Those who took a chance on the fledgling city of Miami in the late 1890s understood that the municipality offered boundless opportunity but required versatility. From prior to incorporation until the start of the Twentieth Century, pioneers came to Miami…


Postcard of Flagler Street in 1912

Residential Flagler Street in 1912

Given that Flagler Street is the main thoroughfare through downtown Miami today, it is hard to fathom that it was once lined with beautiful Victorian-style homes occupied by some of the city’s prominent early pioneers. The eastern portion of Flagler,…


Mayflower Restaurant on Biscayne Blvd

Mayflower Restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard

The cover photo reveals a bustling Biscayne Boulevard during the post-World War II era of downtown Miami. The late 1940s and early 1950s represented a time of tremendous growth for South Florida, while the skyline along Biscayne boulevard was lined…