Urban Neighborhoods: Riverview

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Metro Jacksonville shares the history of an early 20th century Northside development that was originally intended to become Jacksonville's most valuable and desirable suburb: Riverview

Lem Turner Road Today

The Pig is a 4th generation family run business. E.S. Murdock started "The Pig" in 1955 on Kings Rd. Jacksonville, Florida. Eventually he operated seven stores throughout the Jacksonville area and Waycross, Georgia. The Pig currently has 4 locations in Jacksonville and one just north of the city in Callahan, Florida.

The original stores focused on the preparation of award winning barbecue. In the early 1960's E.S. Murdock opened "The Pig Seafood" on Lem Turner Rd. which was the first restaurant to concentrate on seafood in addition to classic southern barbecue selections. The idea of serving seafood was inspired by a friend of E.S. Murdock's, Marvin Roseberry, who owned a shrimp boat at the time.


Henry F. Kite Elementary School was completed in 1929 and originally known as the Riverview Elementary School.  Between 1930 and 1960, Kite served as the school's principal.  After Kite's retirement, the school was renamed in his honor in 1964.

Riverview Elementary School (Henry F. Kite) shortly after its completion.

The five blocks of Lem Turner Road between Soutel Drive and Elm Street form the commercial heart of Riverview.  Originally developed before cars became the way of life in Jacksonville, many commercial buildings line the street because they were designed for the pedestrian.

Located on Lem Turner Road, Riverview Millworks, Inc. started off as a small cabinet shop and has been in business for 67 years.

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