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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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Jacksonville Beach 1970s

A look at Jacksonville Beach during the 1970s.

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Blighted Jacksonville: 1970s Style

The 1970s weren't the best era for America's cities and the scene in Jacksonville was not an exception. Outside of downtown, unpaved streets, industrial blight, overgrown lots, unchecked sprawl and declining established neighborhoods were quite the norm. Here's a look at the not-so-glamourous side of...

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5 Downtown Department Stores that Don't Exist Anymore

Five flagship downtown department stores that don't exist anymore.

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