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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.

Flippers in Paradise

Land speculation in South Dade County is as old as the first homestead claim filed, by Peter S. S. Kling, on October 20, 1896. This article is an introduction to the subject and focuses on William Wirt Culbertson, a wealthy man from Ashland, Kentucky who filed in 1897 in Silver Palm.

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 Palms Cemetery

The story of how the Palm Cemetery came to be established in 1912 has never been told before. This article corrects the record, which has been distorted by stories repeated over the years. The article is in three parts and this link is to the first part. Parts I and II have links at the end to the next part in the series.

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.

Waltonhurst – The first home of William K. Walton

If you’ve ever driven west on Biscayne Drive to Redland Road and wondered about the history of the interesting house on the northeast corner of that intersection, this article will answer your questions about that house.

Women in the Wilderness – Ethel C. Booe’s Homestead, Naranja

The contributions of women in the settlement of South Dade County have been vastly under-reported in the histories written thus far. Until I uncovered the data included in this article, there were only about 5 women who submitted homestead claims. The truth is that there were 46. Read this for an introduction to a very important and ignored subject.