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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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Murray Hill: Past, Present and Future

Metro Jacksonville's Ennis Davis and Stephen Dare share the past, present and future of Jacksonville's Murray Hill neighborhood.

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10 Facts About Jacksonville's Black History

In honor of Black History Month, here are ten facts about Jacksonville's African-American history that you might not be aware of.

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The University of North Florida: A Brief History

Sure, there are many people who know about UNF. But how many know anything beyond that? My guess is not many— including myself. With so much information actually out there I thought, “Why not compile it all into one, easily accessible story?” And as a student about to graduate from the University...

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All Aboard to Restore Locomotive 1504

Metro Jacksonville's Kara Holmes investigates the history of a derelict locomotive hidden behind the Prime Osborn Center.

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40 Acres and a Mule...How about a Jim Crow Instead?

This guest column by Richard Cuff shares the story behind "40 acres and a mule" and how Jacksonville was on the map of set aside land.

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Book Review: Lost Restaurants of Jacksonville

Metro Jacksonville's Kristen Pickrell provides us with a review of Dorthy Fletcher's recently published book, "Lost Restaurants of Jacksonville."

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