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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Miami River: 1904

Miami River: 1904

Miami, Florida, circa 1904. "On the Miami River." Back when the city's only high-rises were green and had coconuts at the top. View full size.

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Old Fort Dallas

The photo was taken at the mouth of the Miami River, looking up river towards the west. We are on the south shore (Brickell Point). Across the river was the Old Fort Dallas, a military outpost that had figured in the Seminole Wars. By 1891 it was the home of the "Mother of Miami", Julia Tuttle whose house can be seen through the palms.

Not seen, but immediately to the right of the photo would have been the immense Royal Palm Hotel built by the "Father of Miami", Henry Flagler. I can assure you that, despite the honorifics, they were just friends.

Looking past the sloop, you can see the smoke stack of the Miami Power & Ice plant, later known as Florida Power & Light.

The attached aerial photo from the State Archives shows the same view in 1918.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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