The Magic City Reprise

The origins of Miami’s nickname, the Magic City, are a little murky, but it appears to be rooted in classic Chamber of Commerce boosterism. The city grew dramatically in the years after the arrival of the railroad in 1896, with the population blossoming from a few dozen people in the pre-railroad era to 444 citizens … Read more The Magic City Reprise

Visiting a Time Capsule from the Era of the Bay

The weekend’s nice weather inspired us to visit one of the smallest destinations in the Florida State Park system, The Barnacle Historic State Park. The Coconut Grove property was the home of Ralph Munroe, one of the earliest pioneers in the Miami area. Like many of today’s visitors, he came to the area in search … Read more Visiting a Time Capsule from the Era of the Bay

More Historic Structures at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

We keep returning to the theme of Miami history as an area of personal interest — it helps to have ancestors who were pioneers in the area — and also because we are contrarians and history seems to be a quirky interest in Miami, a city devoted to all things shiny and new. Unlike many … Read more More Historic Structures at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

An Afternoon on Boston’s Freedom Trail

I was in Boston for work-related meetings, and fortunately my mid-afternoon flight arrival gave me several hours to explore Boston before my first meeting in the evening. Boston is a great destination for a nerdy history buff, but with only a few hours to spend I went with the most obvious choice — a ramble … Read more An Afternoon on Boston’s Freedom Trail

Miami’s First Skyscraper

I was at Miami’s government center visiting the main library to pick up my brand new library card — can’t wait to start borrowing ebooks!! — and took a side trip to take some photos of the historic 1925 courthouse next door. Although it’s one of the older buildings in downtown Miami, according to the … Read more Miami’s First Skyscraper