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Julia Tuttle, the Mother of Miami, saw the promise of a sleepy outpost of civilization tucked between Biscayne Bay and the Everglades. Her vision helped create the city of Miami. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Julia’s life was heading toward the mundane but the death of her husband forced Julia into the role of bread winner for her family. Unafraid of using her connections to some of the wealthiest in the United States, Julia worked hard to connect the Miami area to the rest of Florida. In the end because of her tenacity and a little help from one of the worst freezes in the history of Florida, Henry Flagler decided it was time to bring his railroad to Miami.

 

Some further reading:

The Birth of the City of Miami by Larry Wiggins – Tequesta 1995 Edition

The Cleveland Connection: Revelations from the John D. Rockefeller – Julia Tuttle Correspondence by Edward N. Akin – Tequesta 1982 Edition

Julia Tuttle, The ‘Mother Of Miami,’ Was One Awesome Lady – Huffington Post

Miami: One Hundred Years of History by Paul S. George – HistoryMiami

 

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