Fred Hand’s Pioneer Miami Photo Studio

Fred Hand’s Pioneer Miami Photo Studio

Miami’s first photo studio was operated by Miami Pioneer Fred Hand, who arrived in the city on July 4th, 1898. He was born in Bonn, Germany and came to the United States when he was 15. Hand’s Photographic Studio was first located on Avenue C before moving to 36 East...
A History of The Miami Pioneers

A History of The Miami Pioneers

The History of the Miami Pioneers How did the Miami Pioneers come to be? By the 1930s, Miami steadily emerged from its status as a pioneer settlement at the start of the twentieth century — some likened it to a tropical jungle on the edge of the bay — to a...
The first automobile in Dade County?

The first automobile in Dade County?

— Robert Burr From the 1910 Florida Automobile Registration Records, evidence of my great grandfather’s 30 horsepower 1908 Maxwell Roadster (serial number 7338). According to family lore, EDV Burr owned the first automobile in Dade County. In searching these...
The Oversea Railroad, Highway and State Road 4A

The Oversea Railroad, Highway and State Road 4A

It’s certainly a unique experience to travel to islands by car. The Florida Keys Overseas Highway is a marvel of engineering that transformed these erstwhile remote isles into world renowned destinations for adventure travelers. Of course it started with Henry...
Cyrus Teed and the Hollow Sphere Cult

Cyrus Teed and the Hollow Sphere Cult

One of more unusual pioneer groups to settle in South Florida is memorialized at the Koreshan State Historic Site, near Corkscrew Swamp. Cyrus Reed Teed was an eclectic physician whose experiments in alchemy often involved dangerously high levels of electricity. In...
1928 Okeechobee Hurricane

1928 Okeechobee Hurricane

Often called the third worst disaster in American history, the horrific 1928 Okeechobee hurricane was one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in the recorded history of the North Atlantic basin. In South Florida, at least 2,500 people drowned, while damage was...
Florida’s Orange Blossom Special

Florida’s Orange Blossom Special

A popular fiddle tune known as the Orange Blossom Special, based on the famous passenger train of the same name, was written by Ervin T. Rouse in 1938. It has been referred to as the fiddle player’s national anthem. In a time when passenger rail transportation...
Dr. Henry Perrine and his South Florida Land Grant

Dr. Henry Perrine and his South Florida Land Grant

In 1838, the United States Congress granted a township of land in the southern extremity of Florida to noted horticulturist Dr. Henry Perrine and his associates. This land was to be used in experiments aimed at introducing foreign tropical plants and seeds into...
Florida Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward

Florida Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward

Broward County was founded on October 1, 1915. It was named for Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, remembered for his campaign to drain the Everglades and turn the vast swamp into “useful land.” It was originally intended to be named Everglades County, but then-Speaker of...