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Agriculture in Early Goulds — 9 Comments

  1. Wow! Another great article about how things got started in south Dade county. These entrepreneurs were a visionary group! Clearing a pine forest, draining the glade, engineering ingenious means of transportation and all aided by the Flagler Rail Road to get produce to northern markets. Thanks for painting this historic picture for us, and documenting the making of community on the Florida frontier.

  2. My maternal great grandfather Samuel Wagoner came to South Florida in 1912 to farm. Their original home was located in what is now an avocado grove on Kings Highway and Roberts Rd., I think. Anyway, I have some photographs if you would like to see them. I know my grandmother’s cousin lived in Goulds but I do not know if they farmed.

  3. Very cool article. I recently went to have breakfast at Cauley Square. Would the storefront there be the same location?

    That book you speak of is hard to find but it would be interesting if you did a tour one day?

    • The two-story yellow building at Cauley Square was likely built on the site of the wooden building shown in the photographs in this article. The wooden building was destroyed by a tornado in 1919.

  4. Very interesting article after farming potatoes for 30 years and coming to Homestead in 1957 and my family having the John Deere franchise. Extremely interesting, thank you.

  5. Terrific article. My great uncle John W. Campbell and father Edward “Jack” Campbell farmed and had several packing houses in the Goulds area (late 20’s-1970’s). The successful farm encompassed thousands of acres at its height and included operations in Immokolee and elsewhere. My Dad later was a farm Exec with Charlie Carpenter and Dimare before his retirement. He is a member of the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. I am printing and sending home your articles to enjoy!

    • Thank you for your kind comments, Alan. If you have photographs of your father’s or your uncle’s farming operations, the Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum would love to have copies of them. We have a few of one of your uncle’s packing houses, damaged after a hurricane, but not many of Goulds at all. That is unfortunate, because Goulds was a very active and productive agricultural area that gets little mention in the history books.

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