Richmond Blimp Base

In 1942, with German U-boats sinking ships just off Florida’s coast, the U.S. Navy built Richmond Naval Air Station.

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Pioneer City: A western-themed amusement park in Broward

Pioneer City was a western-themed amusement park in western Broward County that opened in 1966 and closed less than two years later.

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Polio Vaccine reaches Miami

In the 1950s, after Dr. Jonas Salk developed a vaccine against polio, citizens in Miami and across the nation lined up for shots to prevent the feared disease, which paralyzed thousands of children each year, killing some.

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Sounds of the ’60s: Miami music festivals

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Post Offices

Mail service in Southeast Florida goes back to the legendary “barefoot mailmen” of the late 19th century, who delivered mail between Lake Worth in Palm Beach County to Biscayne Bay.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was nicknamed the “first lady of the Everglades” for her pioneering environmental work. Her famous book, The Everglades: The River of Grass, was published in 1947.

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Jim Morrison Arrested in Miami, 1969

After a March 1, 1969, concert in the old Dinner Key Auditorium, rocker Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, was arrested in Miami on charges he exposed himself onstage.

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Soap Box Derby, 1956

In 1956, the fourth annual Miami Herald-Chevrolet Dealers Soap Box Derby pitted horsepowerless speedsters against each other.

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Serpentarium

Nothing says Old Florida like the snake shows at the Serpentarium on South Dixie Highway.

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