A Brief Guide to Miami’s History



Collins Avenue: John Collins was a farmer and land developer who built the first wooden bridge from Miami to Miami Beach in 1913.

Flagler Street: Henry Flager’s East Coast Railway made Miami possible. Before 1896, there was no easy way to move goods and people in and out of Miami. The railroad arrived in April, 1896, and Miami was incorporated in May. Flagler in known as the “Father of Miami” and his name graces many places in South Florida.

Biscayne Blvd: Named for Biscayne Bay.

Brickell Avenue: William and Mary Brickell owned a trading post on the south side of the Miami River in the late 1800’s. Everything south of the river was called Brickell for many years.

Julia Tuttle Causeway: Julia Tuttle is considered by many to be the “mother of Miami.” It was she who persuaded (badgered, some say) Henry Flagler into expanding his rail line 65 miles south from Palm Beach to Miami.

Rickenbacker Causeway: Named after WWI ace pilot Eddie Rickenbacker: He later became the president of Eastern Air Lines, which was based in Miami.

Killian Drive: Named for pioneer Dan Killian, who had a country store south of what is now Coral Gables and was responsible for the first schools, streetlights and churches in this area.

Kendall Drive: Named for Henry John Broughton Kendall, a director of the Florida Land and Mortgage Company, who bought the land that is now Kendall (unincorporated Miami-Dade County) from the state of Florida in 1883.

Ives Dairy Road & Milam Dairy Road: At one time, these actually went to dairy farms. Now Ives Dairy Rd, runs out to Dolphin Stadium and becomes Dan Marino Blvd. and Milam family name still graces their chain of local upscale grocery stores, Milam’s.

Don Shula Expressway: Don Shula IS the coach of the Miami Dolphins to many; no matter who else has held the job since his retirement in 1997. Shula holds the coaching record for most wins in the NFL (347), and coached the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only team in NFL history to play a perfect season and win the Super Bowl.

3 thoughts on “A Brief Guide to Miami’s History

  1. Gregg L. Friedman MD June 12, 2018 — 11:57 am

    Miami has an interesting history. Thanks for the article. 5 Stars. By Gregg L. Friedman MD


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