• Miami High

    One of the oldest buildings in the city, Miami Senior High School is a throwback to the days where learning institutions were treated with the highest regard and built that way.

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  • Miami Museum of Science

    The Museum of Science and Natural History spread its welcome mat on September 25, 1960. Programs such as "Are we alone?" explored the possibility of life elsewhere in space. "A journey to the Moon," simulated the takeoff from Cape Kennedy, with movies and sound effects.

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  • Dadeland Mall

    When it opened on October 1, 1962, on Kendall Drive off U.S. 1, Dadeland was dubbed 'deadland' because North Kendall Drive, which passes in front of it, was branded ``The Road to Nowhere.''

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  • Hialeah

    Hialeah was named by a Seminole Indian named Willie Willie, when pioneer developer James Bright asked him to describe the property. He called it Hi-ale-ah, which means pretty prairie or high prairie.

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The murder of Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace, the world-famous designer who created the Miami Vice look, had elegant homes around the world. But the multi-million-dollar mansion called Casa Casuarina on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach was his favorite. At 8:44 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, 1997, serial killer Andrew Cunanan, 27, shot and killed Gianni Versace, 50, on the steps of […]

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Migrant Farm Workers

Migrant farm workers are the backbone of Florida’s agricultural industry, but they live and work in places where tourists and even lifelong residents never go. This series of photos by the Miami Herald, spanning from the mid-1960’s to the 1980’s, show us a glimpse into their lives.  

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Miami-Dade Model City Program

The Model City Program was created under the federal government’s 1966 Cities Demonstration and Metropolitan Development Act. The idea was to concentrate money and effort into blighted neighborhoods to improve the physical conditions and bring in social services. Dade County was one of 63 cities and counties selected from 200 applicants. The “Model Neighborhood Area” […]

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Miami High

One of the oldest buildings in the city, Miami Senior High School is a throwback to the days where learning institutions were treated with the highest regard and built that way. The original Miami High was a two-room wooden building built in 1902 behind the Miami Public School, a small elementary school located at what […]

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Danny Goldman Kidnapping: Cold Case

In the early-morning hours of March 28, 1966, a portly, graying gunman broke into the Surfside house that 17-year-old Danny Goldman shared with his mother and father. The gunman bound Danny’s parents and demanded $10,000 cash; when no money was found, the attacker left with Danny, threatening to kill the teen if the Goldmans didn’t […]

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Royal Castle

Perhaps no eating place is as close to the hearts of long- time South Floridians as the string of Royal Castles. Dozens of them throughout South Florida dished out 15-cent hamburgers, nickel birch beers, and a pretty good breakfast of eggs, bacon, and toast. The restaurant grew from a single hamburger stand opened by William […]

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Coral Way Elementary: pioneer in bilingual education

Opening in 1936, with a building designed by Miami architect, August Geiger, Coral Way Elementary was the first bilingual school in the country. Responding to the first influx of refugees following Fidel Castro’s 1959 rise to power in Cuba, school officials in the early 1960s began planning entirely bilingual schools. With funding from the Ford […]

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The Longest Night: Part II

On New Year’s Eve, 1958,Havana witnessed a startling series of events that was to lead to the mass migration of 750,000 Cubans to the U.S. On December 1975, Tropic Magazine published the inside story of the night that changed Cuba -and Miami- forever. This is part two. Click here for part one.

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The Longest Night: Part I

On New Year’s Eve, 1958,Havana witnessed a startling series of events that was to lead to the mass migration of 750,000 Cubans to the U.S. On December 1975, Tropic Magazine published the inside story of the night that changed Cuba -and Miami- forever. This is part one. Click here for Part Two

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