This map was drawn in December of 1903 and shows the route of the F.E.C. Railway from Miami to Homestead. Note that it shows the railroad going straight southwest of Homestead because the survey that William Krome had started earlier in December was not completed until June of 1904. The decision to take the Florida Keys route was made after William Krome reported that it was not feasible to go to Cape Sable and then across Florida Bay to Key West.
This map, published in the November 2, 1912 issue of The Miami Metropolis, is frequently called a “homesteader’s map”. It is not. It is simply a map of the Redland District showing the names of the property owners at that time. Many homesteader’s names are shown, but there are also a large number of names shown who were not homesteaders but purchased their property from homesteaders.
This copy of the map is held by the University of Miami J.I. Kislak Archives and is what was published in the newspaper. Because it is not a copy taken from The Miami Daily Metropolis, it can be greatly enlarged, which is a great aid for researchers looking for family names.
David Torcise created this map, which shows the locations of the homestead claims of the pioneers who either paid cash for their claims or followed the rules and proved up their claims. The lands marked Key West, Jacksonville & Tampa Railway belonged to the Florida East Coast Railway, which purchased the holdings of that company in Dade County.