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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JFK in Miami, 1963

Days before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy visited Miami for a key foreign policy speech and to meet with local politicians.

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Jack “Murph the Surf” Murphy

A teen violin prodigy and champion surfer, Jack “Murph the Surf” Murphy seemed to be destined for folklore when he and two accomplices stole the Star of India sapphire and the 100-carat Delong ruby from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

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Carnaval Miami

Thousands of people cram Miami’s Calle Ocho, or Eighth Street, for the annual Carnaval street party that includes conga lines, salsa, live music and food.

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