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The Royal Palm: 1907

The Royal Palm: 1907

Miami circa 1907. "Miami River and Royal Palm Hotel." Yet another Florida hotel built by Henry Flagler, the Royal Palm is said to have had Miami's first electric lights, elevators and swimming pool. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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Alcohol for 3 Months Every Year

Just read about this on Wikipedia, very interesting fact:

Although, at the insistence of Julia Tuttle, a clause prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages had been included in all land deeds for the new city of Miami, the Royal Palm Hotel had an exemption to serve alcohol to its guests during the three months of the tourist season.

Palm Reader

Palm trees really beautify Florida. It's too bad the modern view has very few of them.

And thanks Dave for another Flagler pic.

Sure, Sure,

C'mon down and unload a barge full of sand by hand, and we could be out sailing.

Miami River

This would have been taken from the first span to cross the Miami River -- the Avenue D Bridge, looking northeast from the river's south shore.

Later, Avenue D was renamed "Miami Avenue".

Needless to say, the view has changed remarkably in the last 105 years.


Dredging has begun on the Miami River. Soon, the river will once again host boats instead of abandoned cars and reefs of tires.

GOT to get my eyes checked

I read that as:

"the Royal Palm is said to have had Miami's first electric lights, alligators and swimming pool."

Make you swim those laps a little faster.

Watch out

for the electric swimming pool!

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