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Termite Terrace: 1901

Termite Terrace: 1901

Miami circa 1901. "Hotel Royal Palm, west front." Henry Flagler's hostelry opened in 1897 and closed in 1930, condemned after a termite infestation. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Let The Sun Shine In

Florida in the early 1900s, yet no window awnings? Wow, gotta love the heat to endure that. Then again I'm sure the hurricanes made short work of them.

[These hotels were winter destinations for their wealthy northern clientele. -tterrace]


That it didn't burn down before the termites got into it.

To tterrace

Was this the building where Looney Tunes were born?

[Well now, I wouldn't say that. -tterrace]

Current Issue of American Archaeology

There is an article in the current American Archaeology Magazine on the the excavation of remnants of a Native American Tequesta village at this location. It probably escaped complete destruction in part due to being buried underneath the garden in front of this hotel.

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