South Florida History

Vol. 27, no. 1 (Winter 1998-1999) Seminole Indians

Black Indians in the Seminole Wars

by Carol T. Gassaway
The invaluable assistance Florida’s Seminole Indians received from their African allies contributed substantially to their successful campaigns against the United States during the Seminole Wars.

Useppa Island and Fort Casey in the Second & Third Seminole Wars

by James Jennings
Tiny Useppa Island, located between Pine Island and Captiva in Charlotte Harbor, was the site of Army and Navy military activity during this period, including the construction and manning of a military post, Fort Casey.

Indian Tourism

by Patsy West
Because Miami became the major tourist Mecca in southern Florida, it was the southernmost group of Seminoles who first became immersed in the tourist economy.

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Vol. 27, no. 2 (Spring 1999)

Miami Beach’s First Post Office

by Abraham D. Lavender, PhD.
Miami Beach’s first post office building had been built in 1920, and torn down in 1997.

Dissecting Archaeology

The Miami Circle is an archaeological site in downtown Miami. Randy Nimnicht, President of the museum, spoke with Miami-Dade County Archaeologist Bob Carr about the site.

Galloping Ghosts

by G. H. Williams
Hialeah Park horse racing track flourished from the 1920s through the 1960s.

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Vol. 27, no. 3 (Summer 1999) Sports

Biscayne Bay’s First Regatta

by Stuart McIver
The Biscayne Bay Yacht Club started the first Washington’s Birthday regatta and race in 1887.

Under the Cantilever: Opening Night at Miami Stadium

by William E. Brown, Jr., and Rolando Llanes
On a warm summer evening in 1949, Miamians gathered to celebrate opening night at Miami Stadium, the newest star on South Florida’s landscape.

Camping with Tom, Henry & John

by Michele Wehrwein Albion
During the 1920s, the big three--Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and John Burroughs—embarked on a number of well publicized camping trips throughout the eastern seaboard. The original camping trip, which inspired the others, took place in 1914 in the Everglades.

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Vol. 27, no. 4 (Fall 1999)

South Florida and the Hollow Earth Experiment

by Dr. Irvin D. Solomon
A century ago in Estero, Florida, Dr. Cyrus Teed tried to prove we live in a hollow Earth.

She Did Not Mince Words

by Stuart McIver
During the 1930s Lorena Hickok wrote letters describing Miami during the Depression.

Miami Rescue Mission

by Suzanne Jones
The Miami Rescue Mission served the homeless beginning in the 1920s..

Miami Rescue Mission:  1950 to Present

by Dr. Franklin M. Jacobs

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Vol. 28, no. 1 (Winter 1999-2000)

John D. Pennekamp

by Arthur E. Chapman
John Pennekamp was a dedicated contributor to journalism and conservation, and a Miami legend.

Cowboy with a Twist

by Stuart McIver; illustrated by Ken Hughs
IN the early 20th century, African American cowboy Lawrence Silas came into prominence among the men who rode the Kissimmee range.

Fantastic Journey: Haiti

by Thelma Peters; introduction by William M. Straight
In 1951-52, Thelma Peters traveled throughout the Caribbean. In this excerpt, she describes her visit to Haiti.

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Vol. 28, no. 2 (Spring 2000)

Not Everyone Liked the Brickells

by Dr. Joe Knetsch
The role played by the Brickell family and the criticism under which they came in the early 1890s must be looked at in the light of the history of the time.

Body Language 1931 Style

by Suzanne Barnett
A major figure in distributing cars to Floridians is the King dealership in Fort Lauderdale. The King family came to the area in the 1930s, first to Hialeah and then to Fort Lauderdale.

The Spooky World of Cape Sable

by Harry I. Heller
The author visited Cape Sable in 1935. The somberness and isolation of the place made him uneasy.

The Everglades Bill

By J. Allison DeFoor, II
Here is a brief version of his remarks at the signing ceremony for the Everglades restoration bill.

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Vol. 28, no. 3 (Summer 2000)

Déjà View :  Home Movies in South Florida

by Steve Davidson
They were meant to be seen in the privacy of our homes, in our living rooms. Setting up the screen, the whir of the projector, and families gathering around to view them—all are part of the ritual.

La Habana Ayer:  December 1941

by Nell Colcord Weidenbach
Batista is in power. Pearl Harbor is in the headlines. We have reservations on the S. S. Florida, scheduled to leave Miami immediately after Christmas, 1941.

Gusman Now, Olympia Then

by Geraldine H. Williams
When the major movie studios were just beginning the legend of Hollywood in the 1920s, they realized that they needed theaters throughout the country to show their movies and so they became the major builders of these early palaces. In Miami, Paramount Enterprises hired John Eberson in 1925 to build the Olympia Theatre.

Florida Keeps the Nation Waiting in Presidential Election ... of 1876

by Arva Moore Parks
Florida has delayed and decided the results of a presidential election before. This story tells how Dade County held the nation in suspense in 1876.

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Vol. 28, no. 4 (Fall/Winter 2000)

Miami’s Garden of Allah

by Lisa Gibbs
In 1928, the Magic City was transformed into an Arabian showcase when the Shriner Convention came to town.

The Barefoot Mailman

by Harvey E. Oyer, III
The route for barefoot mailmen was so arduous it cost James E. Hamilton his life.

A Tribute to Victor Chapman

by Raymond G. McGuire
During World War I, Victor Chapman fought bravely for his country despite the odds.

September Morn

by Betty Jones & Eugene Threadgill
A painting of a nude woman displayed in a store window shakes up the city of Miami in 1913.

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