SS Yarmouth Castle Fire

In the wee hours of November 13, 1965, a fire broke out in a storage compartment of the SS Yarmouth Castle -an aging liner traveling between Miami and Nassau – more than 100 miles out at sea, just nine hours after the ship had departed.  The SS Yarmouth Castle, bound for a gala weekend in Nassau with […]

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Paradise Lost –And Regained

Philip Wylie, the famous American author-philosopher came to Miami in 1929, when the town lay in the backwash of bust and the Depression, and rusting steel skeletons of unfinished buildings stood as monuments to community despair. He kept a home here until his death in 1971. And often, he wrote about his adopted city — […]

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Halloween

The smell of the plastic mask. The chills of the haunted house. The thrill of pretending to be someone — or something — else. From the spaceman suit to the two-person giraffe — and some costumes we’re still trying to figure out — take a look at the Miami Herald’s vintage Halloween photos, South Florida […]

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Vizcaya

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens shimmer in the reflection of Biscayne Bay, retaining the dream-like vision of farm-equipment heir James Deering, who chose the spectacular spot for his elaborate subtropical interpretation of an eighteenth-century Italian villa. The once-private property, built between 1914 and 1922 in the Coconut Grove area of Miami, is surrounded by nearly […]

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Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel has survived hurricanes, land busts, gangsters, nasty critics and even rumors of a ghost to emerge as one of South Florida’s most written-about landmarks. The Biltmore was Coral Gables developer George Merrick’s dream. He used his family’s truck garden where he grew tomatoes for the site of the new hotel. Not being superstitious, […]

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Coral Castle

Like a creation from the dawn of history, Coral Castle stands against the Dade County sky, a fantastic pile of stone built with one man’s sweat and labor.

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Venetian Pool

In 1923, Coral Gables’ founders had a problem: an unsightly rock pit in the middle of the fast-growing community. The Venetian Pool — one of the first public pools in South Florida — was born in 1924. Founder George Merrick got the idea to turn the coral rock pit — where much of the rock […]

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Miami Vice

Miami Vice ran on NBC from 1984-1989, and was one of the highest-rated television programs of the decade. The show’s plot followed two Miami police detectives working undercover, Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson, in this 1984 photo by Miami Herald photographer Donna Natale Planas) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas), in their attempts to fight the […]

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Filming in Miami

The movie industry’s infatuation with South Florida’s exotic tropical landscapes and year-round sun started in the 1940’s with classics like Moon Over Miami and Key Largo. In the ’60s, Florida’s fun-in-the- sun image brought in movies like Where the Boys Are. During this time, the the Jackie Gleason Show was filmed in Miami Beach until […]

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