Lost Jacksonville: Honeymoon/Campbell Hill

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Today it's a major logistics hub for the state of Florida. During the late 19th century it was a rural community just west of downtown Jacksonville: Honeymoon.

A brief video celebrating the celebrate the life and legacy of Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning on what would have been his 100th birthday.

One of Campbell Hill's most famous residents was Frank Benjamin "Frankie" Manning. During the Great Migration, Manning's mother, who was a dancer, left Jacksonville, moving the family to New York in 1917. Learning to dance at an early age, Manning eventually became known as one of the founding fathers of the Lindy Hop and Swing Dancing. During his career he toured with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and others. He also appeared in movies including Jittering Jitterbugs and Hot Chocolate, Malcolm X and Stomping at the Savoy.

While Campbell Hill contained a dense collection of residential structures, what was left of Honeymoon remained a rural residential community for much of the early 20th century. Neither neighborhood would last long after the end of World War II.

During the late 1940s, Honeymoon developed out as an industrial district characterized by street trackage, tying its factories with the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (now CSX "A" Line). Industry in Honeymoon during this era Southern Dairies, Inc. (ice cream), Fram Florida, Inc. (canning), Vita Foods (Jelly), Linde Air Products (Liquid Oxygen and Acetylene Acid Gas) and National Biscuit Company (now known as Nabisco).

Campbell Hill remained relatively untouched and vibrant until the construction of Interstate 95's Myrtle Avenue Overpass in 1957. Subsequent expansions to Interstate 95 have resulted in the elimination of most of Campbell Hill. Today, only two houses remain in the neighborhood. Furthermore, what remains of its once vibrant business district on Myrtle Avenue survives as an eerie ghost town in the heart of the city. Over 100,000 cars drive over it everyday not knowing the history that lies under Interstate 95's Myrtle Avenue Overpass, which is now considered to be historically significant itself.

Looking east on Dennis Street in Honeymoon in 1928.

Looking north on Stockton Street at its intersection with Enterprise (Beaver) Street in 1928.

The Myrtle Avenue Subway in Campbell Hill's business district in 1928.

Aerial of Campbell Hill in 1943.

Aerial of Honeymoon and Campbell Hill in 1980. Interstate 95 can be seen severing Campbell Hill and neighboring LaVilla (north of railroad terminal).

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