Miami sprang into existence on July 28, 1896, following the extension of the Florida East Coast Railway from West Palm Beach on April 15, 1896, and the publication of the soon-to-be city's first newspaper, The Miami Metropolis, on May 15, 1896. However, evidence suggests people lived in the area as early as the 1700s. Nicknamed 'the Magic City' by publicists working for railroad and hotel builder Henry Flagler, Miami has weathered yellow fever epidemics, World War I, the 1920s boom and bust, World War II, and numerous other economic ups and downs to become one of the world's great cities and the catalyst for the growth of the South Florida megalopolis.
About the Author
Author Seth H. Bramson, whose family moved to the Miami area in 1946, is known nationally as the foremost authority on the history of transportation to, from, and within Florida. The company historian of the Florida East Coast Railway, Bramsons collection of Miami memorabilia and Floridiana is the largest such private collection in America. A faculty member at Barry University in Miami Shores and Florida International University in Miami, he is the author of seven books and more than 60 articles on Florida local and transportation history. This is his fourth book with Arcadia.