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The Cedars — 14 Comments

  1. Excellent essay to read and thoroughly enjoyed your research. It made my mind wonder how it looked and imagine all the industry taken to achieve the results. Thank you.

  2. Thanks again Jeff, for bringing the history of South Dade life back to us. Having lived in the area until 1992, it is interesting to learn about the history of South Dade that was never taught to us in school.

  3. The picture of Homestead High School caught my attention. I graduated from HHS in 1949 and lived just two blocks from the school. Great memories!

  4. Thanks for another excellent article on early South Dade, Jeff.

    I was born in Homestead and my family was involved in growing tomatoes since the 1920’s, but I don’t ever remember hearing about The Cedars…this is so interesting!!!Thank you again!

  5. Thanks, Jeff. I really look forward to your articles. No one else seems to have the time and resources that you use so well.

  6. Thanks Jeff. As always, you’ve given us another “hidden” story about South Dade and I appreciate your diligent research work.

  7. Absolutely wonderful, interesting, detailed researched article. Thank you so much for your dedicated work Jeff. All this history is a marvel of a goldmine to us pioneer families. A mountain of thanks.

  8. Great article, Jeff. I remember the cedar trees and how they used to line some of the roads. I always thought they were beautiful. But I never knew about the farming area called The Cedars. Interesting.

  9. Love history and since I lived in the area with my parents since about 1959, this is fascinating. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Thanks, Jeff, as always a well researched piece of South Florida history. I’m trying to picture the land where The Cedars would have been. It was all glade land I imagine , so the canals were needed to drain it? I think of the coast east of Homestead as being shallow bay with muddy bottom. There must have been docks for shipments by boat north. Would this then be part of what would become Jimmy Sottile’s South Dade Farms? I remember the Australian pines as being a nuisance tree. Your histories of how the South Dade area was tamed and the livelihoods of the early settlers are so interesting. Your efforts are appreciated!

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