A Walking Tour of Miami Beach, Florida
a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com
by Doug Gelbert
published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 by Cruden Bay Books
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The first vision anyone had for the development of the barrier island across Biscayne Bay was as a coconut farm. Charles and Henry Lum bought up land in what would one day be known as South Beach and built the first house on the island in 1886. About 10 years later Henry Flagler’s great Florida East Coast Railway rolled into the area and entrepreneurs began to see that the island’s 15 miles of sparkling white sand beaches might be put to a better use than as a cocunut grove.