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Jax Landing: 1897

Jax Landing: 1897

Florida circa 1897. "Sidewheeler City of Jacksonville at Beresford on the St. Johns." 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

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Spanish moss afire

Just such moss was the source of a fire that destroyed much of the city just 4 years after this picture was taken.

Spanish moss

I'm pretty sure what you thought was bundles of roof shingles was actually bales of Spanish moss. Between 1900 and the 30s Spanish moss was produced by southern states like Florida, Lousiana, etc. and shipped north to be used as stuffing and packing material and such.

Lake Beresford

Is about 130 miles South of downtown Jacksonville, near Deland. Photo from Lake Beresford Yacht Club dock.

Shingles?

Are those roofing shingles on the dock?

Sidewheeler?

Looks to me like a sternwheeler.

[Nevertheless, it's a sidewheeler. -tterrace]

Rather 'shortsighted' of me to overlook the back half of the boat.

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