Candy-bar salesman, bicycle stuntman, race-car driver: Carl Fisher had lived a full life by the time he turned 20; he was just getting started. The middle-school dropout from a humble Indianapolis home soon parlayed his considerable talent and flair for the dramatic into an automotive fortune. But the next chapter of […]
In 1925, a massive 400-foot long sailing vessel named the Prinz Valdemar pulled into the port of Miami. She found the city in the grips of real estate madness. All over Miami, property prices were rising exponentially, creating (and created by) an influx of people and money that overwhelmed the small […]
For this episode we leave the solid foundation of fact and wade out into the murkiness of legend. Pirates, treasure, lost boys, it’s not Peter Pan, it’s our very own Black Caesar, an escaped slave and pirate who made his home just off Elliott Key. Not content with just terrorizing the […]
We recently had the opportunity to sit down for a talk with Dr. Scott Kenward. Scott is the author of a series of historical articles on the history of Kendall and the surrounding neighborhoods. He is also a lifelong resident of Pinecrest and an active member of its community.
We revisit […]
On Indian Key, just off the Overseas Highway, there lies a fallen tombstone marking the open grave of Jacob Housman. Tremendously powerful and immensely corrupt, Housman built a wrecking empire on that small island in the 1830s. His personal rivalries and political machinations resulted in the creation of Dade County, which […]
The neighborhood of Kendall has sprouted upwards and outwards in recent decades. But long before it became Miami’s most populous suburb, it consisted of little more than citrus fields, scattered homes, a single market, and a regular poker game. Thanks to promoters such as Henry John Kendall, who sold plots in the […]
In this episode, we discuss Arch Creek and its eponymous bridge. The limestone formation spanning that shallow North Miami stream was a focal point for South Florida’s earliest residents, a natural link between prehistoric Tequesta, Spanish pirates, pioneering frontiersman, and modern developers. Treasure-seekers of all kinds met at this crossroads, one […]
In February 1926, Miami hosted the fastest drivers in the world at a novel racetrack in Fulford-By-The-Sea, a new development in what is now North Miami Beach. Spectators packed the hastily constructed and heavily promoted Fulford-Miami Speedway, billed as the “World’s Fastest Track”, to see cars race at more than 130 MPH […]
In 1934, as the United States was mired in the Great Depression, the Miami Times was looking into the future. It published a special section conceived as a mock retrospective from the year 1950, then 16 years in the future. Part prediction and part advocacy, the paper imagined what developments might […]
We track the rise and fall of jai alai, a sport that was born in the Basque highlands but found a home in Florida. Miami built the first permanent fronton in the United States and would become the premier venue for the sport. At the height of jai alai’s popularity, thousands […]
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