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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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A Blast From The Past: 1970s Jacksonville

Jacksonville has changed in several ways over the last forty years. Today, we go back in time and take a look at the streets of downtown and surrounding neighborhoods during the early 1970s.

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5 Forgotten Facts About Jax

Some say we forget over time because new experiences overwrite connections to old memories. However, those old memories remain buried down in there. Here's 5 forgotten interesting facts from Jacksonville's past.

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Creating a Timeline: Through Photographs

While the previous article uses city directories to illustrate the rise and fall of downtown, another effective way to get the point across is the use of historic photographs that correlate with the timeline. The pictures below are intended to give readers a visual image of the rise and fall of downtown...

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