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You have no idea of what was once located here!

Here's five more additions to the Concrete Slabs of Jacksonville series.

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Seven Decisions That Killed Downtown

During the late 20th century, changes in the nation's business policies and practices dramatically impacted our central business districts. Some, like Charlotte and Houston, came out as winners. Others like New Orleans and Jacksonville were dealt blows they're still working hard to overcome today. Ever...

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Six awe-inspiring Jax skyscrapers never built

The downtown Jacksonville skyline we know and love today would have looked dramtically different if these size skyscrapers would have been built as originally proposed.

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Henry B. Plant: The King of Florida

Jacksonville and much of Florida owes a lot of gratitude to this railroad tycoon, whose 19th century infrastructure investments have paved the way for a 21st century Florida.

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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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Treaty Oak: A History Rooted in Myth

From EU Jacksonville: Tim Gilmore describes the mythology surrounding Treaty Oak.

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Downtown Jacksonville and a Bouncing Baby in 1916

A one-reel comedy capturing the downtown Jacksonville scene in 1916, starring Oliver Hardy.

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Turpentine Births Modern Day Jacksonville

The turpentine and resin industry was a driving force behind the development of 19th century port cities like Pensacola and, of course, Jacksonville. Once Florida’s largest industry, and one of the oldest industries in the United States, turpentine is a ubiquitous ingredient in American household products...

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The Day the Movies Died: Southbank’s Rich Film History

From EU Jacksonville: Jacksonville has permitted more than 400 film, television, and digital media productions. Vincent Vega (John Travolta) called the city “a great asset” due to the diverse locations after shooting Lonely Hearts and Basic here. Written by Brenton Crozier.

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James Weldon Johnson's Call for Cultural Parity in 1921

James Weldon Johnson, a Jacksonville native was one of the pivotal cultural figures in American History. He was primarily a man of letters, music and experimental theater and his ideas provided much of the intellectual impetus of African American culture over the past 100 years. Here is one of his most...

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