Category Archives: Historic Buildings

Florida’s Biggest Stadium Does Not Have A Football Field

Spring training is just around the bend in Florida and I’m teaching a class as an adjunct in the building almost next door to the largest spring training stadium in the Florida Grapefruit League, George Steinbrenner Park, spring home of … Continue reading

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US27: The Old Alternate Route To Miami

Most people from the Northeast heading to Miami or the Keys simply take I-95 along the Atlantic Ocean.  Those coming from the Midwest usually leave I-75 at the Florida Turnpike and slice across Florida through Orlando. Before the development of … Continue reading

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The Best “Old” Resorts and Hotels In Florida

In Europe a hotel is not old until it passes its 200th birthday, but here in Florida old means the building was constructed before World War II. As a historian, I enjoy the sometimes laid-back atmosphere and sheer personality of … Continue reading

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Florida Is Not All Football – There’s A Big Art Scene

The other day Tampa was packed with people from Iowa and Florida Gator fans for the annual Outback Bowl.  Next weekend the Clemson-Alabama NCAA Championships will bring 100,000+ football fans into the city. But Florida is more than football. My … Continue reading

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Key West: Still Crazy After All These Years

Anyone who has spent some time in Florida knows that the island of KEY WEST is the place to go for weird and crazy fun.  There is nothing ordinary about Key West and its wild and diverse population. People don’t … Continue reading

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Florida: The Reenactment of America’s Longest and Most Costly War

This time of year dozens of Floridians and volunteers from across the nation dress up as United States Enlisted Soldiers to reenact the longest and most costly (in today’s money) war in American history. It is the Seminole Indian Wars, … Continue reading

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Historic Florida Train Trips Inside The State

Until trains connected Florida with Northern markets and people, Florida was the least populated state in the South, the least populated region of the country. At a time when transcontinental railroads were building westward, Henry Flagler was building a railroad … Continue reading

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