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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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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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Stories Behind the Concrete Slabs of Jax: Part II

Part two of Metro Jacksonville's series that highlights the lost stories behind downtown Jacksonville's surface parking lots.

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Jax's Confederate Veterans Convention: 1914 SILENT FILM

A brief original 1914 silent film of the event that led to naming of Springfield's Confederate Park.

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Stories Behind the Concrete Slabs of Jax: Part I

A new Metro Jacksonville series that highlights the lost stories behind downtown Jacksonville's surface parking lots.

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The Rise & Fall of a Jax F500 Company: Charter Company

Nearly 40 years ago, “The Charter Company” and “Mason” were some of the most popular, well-known names in Jacksonville. While they likely don’t ring many bells for Jacksonville’s most recent generations, the company’s nearly 30 year run impacted Jacksonville in many ways—some of which...

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6 Lost Districts of Downtown Jacksonville

A district is defined as an area of a country or city, regarded as a distinct unit because of a particular characteristic. In an era where the pedestrian was king in Jacksonville, downtown was loaded with distinct districts-- many of which are no longer with us. Here are a few lost districts that you...

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