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 Jacksonville from the early 1900's up to the 1970's. (Originally published October 9th, 2006)
1930's - city population: 130,000
This Forsyth Street photograph was taken during the days when the city had an extensive inner city streetcar system. Jacksonville's streetcar lines were eventually paved over in favor of buses during this decade.
1940's - city population: 173,000
In 1941, the Main Street Bridge officially opened to vehicular traffic.