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Settlement of South Dade

1903 F.E.C. Railway Co. Land Map

This map, dated December, 1903, shows the land holdings of the F.E.C. Railway Co., the Model Land Co., and the Perrine Land Grant Co., along with the Longview Trail/Homestead Road that allowed the early pioneers of this area to purchase their supplies in Cutler. It also names the finger glades and shows the route of the railroad to extend straight southwesterly from Homestead because William J. Krome had not yet completed his survey to Cape Sable, ruling out that route for the railroad.

Google Earth map of homesteads

David Torcise created an overlay on Google Earth which shows the location of the parcels of land that were homesteaded by the early settlers of this area. It is an invaluable resource for researchers who are interested in settlement patterns and real estate speculation.

Krome’s Cape Sable survey

William J. Krome conducted a survey in 1903-1904 to determine whether the Key West Extension was to go via Cape Sable or the Florida Keys. This short essay overlays the Krome Survey on Google Earth to show how accurate a survey it was.

The Florida East Coast Railway

The development of the entire east coast of Florida is largely due to the existence of Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway, which arrived in Miami in 1895 and in Homestead in 1904. A number of books have been written about the endeavor and I mention three in this article. The history of the FEC is an enormous subject so this is just an introduction.

The Founding of Royal Palm State Park

The founding of Royal Palm State Park is shrouded in myth. This is a very introductory article about how to write an accurate history of its founding. Such an endeavor could easily be book-length.