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Four Things That Nearly Wiped Jacksonville Off The Map

Many people know that Jacksonville was once almost completely destroyed by fire in 1901. At least they do now. Twenty years ago, this was not widely known, but now the memory is so revived that there is even a commissioned Public Art work commemorating The Great Fire of 1901. What is not as well known...

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The Future They Foresaw: 1964 envisions 2000

George W. Simons, the pioneering colossus of the City Planning movement in the Southeast was a Jacksonville brand. He helped Grace Trout and the women of Jacksonville produce the very first Southern City Plan in Jacksonville in the 1920s and was instrumental in creating planning boards across the southeast....

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Legends of Jville: Mary Nolan, the Feistiest Suffragist

''I am guilty if there is any guilt in a demand for freedom.'' The words of Mary Nolan, the surprising tough granny who put up with torture, starvation, prison and terror in the fight for Equality. Read the stomach wrenching and inspiring story of our girl, Mary Nolan, one of Jville's greatest suffragists.

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Springfield's 1st Railroad: Life After Camp Cuba Libre

Most know it as a wide linear green strip of overgrown vegetation serving as the border between Springfield and the Eastside. 125 years ago, this forgotten path was primed to become a major gateway into Florida's largest city. Today, we take a look at the rise and fall of a former Springfield railroad...

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Melissa Ross: The Black Freedom Struggle

Melissa talks to Flagler College professor Dr. Mike Butler, joined First Coast Connect with a look at his new book, Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle, examining how institutional forms of cultural racism persisted well beyond the visible signs of racial integration in the 1960s.

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Annie Lytle Public School (Public School # 4)

It has captured the imaginations of Jaxons for decades. In this essay, photographic artist David Gano captures incredible images of what's happening inside Annie Lytle Public School.

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UNF Nature Trails: Embrace a Small Adventure

One of the lesser-known locations to visit in Jacksonville is home to many. Friendly geese, fish, turtles and squirrels can be seen on many days and if lucky, a visitor might even spot the native student who has taken a break to embrace a small adventure. The University of North Florida’s Robert W....

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Great Ideas; No Action: 10 Projects That Never Happened

Over the past 100 years, Jacksonville has been an epicenter of economic opportunity. It's also been a place where dreams have come to die. Here's 10 proposals with some merit that, for a variety of reasons, ultimately failed to materialize into reality.

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The Devil's Millhopper: Not Your Average Sinkhole

The giant sink originally got its name from the “hoppers” of grist mills that once dotted the area. Locals originally thought the deep cavern resembled the funnel-shaped hoppers of these mills into which grain was fed, with one exception. This one “fed” directly into the Earth’s bowels where...

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The Lost Theatres of LaVilla

During the formative years of Jazz and Blues in America’s late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jacksonville was a major performance venue in this part of the country. Unfortunately, not much is known by the majority of our population because much of this history resides exclusively on the black side...

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