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Daytona Beach: 1910

Daytona Beach: 1910

Daytona Beach, Florida, circa 1910. "South Ridgewood Avenue." Over the past century, the trees have thinned and the traffic has thickened. View full size.


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The Ridgewood

Based on the closeness of the homes, shadows, and a 1912 Sanborn map, I believe this to be looking north from a point just south of the Orange Ave. intersection. The rider would be in front of the current City Hall, and the buggy in the distance would have been parked in front of The Ridgewood Hotel, which was demolished in 1975. The 5-story Brown & Brown building now stands where the old Ridgewood Hotel once stood.

NASCAR scout

I think that's Bill France Sr. on the bike looking for a place to race stock cars.

No change

Even back then the streets were clogged with biker trash.

As Time Goes By

This street eventually becomes part of US 1. Living in the area, I have no doubt that some homes -- not necessary those in the picture -- from that period are still around.


The Daytona Beach of long forgotten dreams. I'm sure it will be nigh onto impossible to duplicate this vantage point today. Wonderful Spanish moss; reminds me of Louisiana. Great photograph.

The first Daytona 500

And here he comes with a half-lap lead --

Reminds me of

the Spanish moss in Mobile, Alabama.

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