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History in Pictures: The Jacksonville Terminal

For decades, it was the gateway to Florida and the largest passenger rail station south of Washington, DC. With over 2,000 employees, it was also one of Jacksonville's largest employers. Unfortunately, they say good things must come to an end. Today, Metro Jacksonville shares a visual timeline of the...

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The Rise and Fall of Jacksonville Beach Amusement Parks

Metro Jacksonville's Kristen Pickrell explores the rise and fall of Jacksonville Beach's amusement parks.

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A History of the Florida Yacht Club

Destroyed in the Great Fire of 1901, the Florida Yacht Club has an interesting history. Today the club thrives on the banks of the St. John's River, nestled in quiet Ortega.

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Lost Jacksonville: The Row

The Garden District in New Orleans has St. Charles Avenue, Monument Avenue graces Richmond's Fan District, and 3rd Street anchors Old Louisville. Today, Metro Jacksonville takes a step back in time to share the story of a similar residential district that no longer exists: The Row.

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Creating a Timeline for Downtown

When the locals look back at the "Good Old Days", especially in regards to the nearly mythic state of Jacksonville's fabled Downtown, they generally lack any sense of specifics. Specifics like exactly when, or what made it so great, or exactly how big it was or even what people used to do back in those...

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Jacksonville’s Lost Princess

Jacksonville is home to a lot of history, no doubt. But there is one little tidbit that seems to get swept under the rug: that at one point in time, Jacksonville was home to a famous African-American activist and Ghanian Princess.

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Video: How Flagler & Plant Changed Florida

Follow The Crowds: The brief video documentary of how the railroad expansion competition between Henry Flagler and Henry Plant changed the face of Florida.

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Inside the Barnett Bank and Laura Trio

Metro Jacksonville takes a look inside a historic collection of buildings in the heart of downtown: The Barnett National Bank and Laura Trio buildings. (originally published June 4, 2010) Remind yourself what the buildings have been like for more than a decade just before they get redeveloped! Congratulations...

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Video: Reliving the Roosevelt Hotel Fire of 1963

This Jacksonville Fire Fighter's video captures rare footage of the city's deadliest day, December 29th, 1963. The day of the Roosevelt Hotel (now, The Carling) Fire in Downtown Jacksonville which claimed the life of JFD Chief James Romedy. While 21 people died, the Jacksonville Fire Department saved...

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Abandoned Jacksonville: Seminole Club

For a century, the Seminole Club was a place for Jacksonville's elite. Now it's just one of many Downtown Jacksonville buildings sitting empty.

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