These photographs represent some of the hotels built in Jacksonville between the 1880s and 1940s. Before and after the Civil War, the earliest travelers to the east coast of Florida came to Jacksonville via steamship. The more intrepid visitors used Jacksonville as a base for exploring the chain of lakes that make up the St. Johns River.
[audio:http://floridamemory.com/fpc/memory/collections/folklife/mp3/podcasts/culbreath.mp3|titles=Goose Culbreath and the Cortez Grand Old Opry|artists=State Archives of Florida]
More Info: Podcast
Cortez is a small commercial fishing village in Manatee County, Florida. The village itself is no larger than 10 blocks, yet their annual commercial fishing festival draws crowds numbering in the thousands. Despite its size, Cortez boasts a wealth of culture, including some fine traditional music.
It’s National Doughnut Day! Don’t get your hand stuck in the … doughnut jar.
Esther Williams passed away on Thursday, June 6. A competitive athlete and film star, Williams brought excitement and glamor to swimming as a sport and recreation.
The Spottswood Collection consists of over 50,000 images comprising five decades of photography by Jack and Gordon Spottswood.
Commercial photographers, the Spottswoods were kept on retainer by the Seaboard Railroad and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. They did a considerable amount of work for real estate agencies and for insurance companies photographing accident scenes. As a result, the collection contains numerous images of Jacksonville-area street scenes, businesses, churches, hotels, theaters, and trains, as well as studio portraits and wedding photographs.
On the morning of June 1, 1937, Amelia Earhart took off from Miami Municipal Airport, beginning her second attempt to fly around the world.
That day’s flight was uneventful. She landed in Puerto Rico in the afternoon, but would not complete her circumnavigation. Earhart was remembered in the naming of the field from which her flight began. Miami Municipal Airport was rededicated as Amelia Earhart Field in 1947, and now Amelia Earhart Park is located near the site in northwestern Miami-Dade County.