Jacksonville Beach, Florida (Images of America Series)

Jacksonville Beach, Florida (Images of America Series)

Jacksonville Beach, Florida (Images of America Series)

Jacksonville Beach, Florida (Images of America Series)


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As a northeast Florida seaside resort, Jacksonville Beach began as the dream of some businessmen in nearby Jacksonville in the 1880s. From the beginning, it was a place people came to have fun. The earliest visitors arrived by ferry and train and even by plane, landing on the beach. The first narrow-gauge railroad ran from Jacksonville to what is now the foot of Beach Boulevard in the heart of town, originally named Ruby and then Pablo Beach. In the 1920s, when Florida was experiencing a land boom, some local businessmen pushed to change the name to Jacksonville Beach to attract more tourists, investors, and full-time residents. For many decades, Jacksonville Beach was known as “the world’s finest beach.” People came to enjoy its boardwalk and roller coasters, as well as the ability to drive on the beach, dance on the pier, swim, fish, and later surf. From the beginning, they took pictures of their grand adventures, which can be seen in the pages of this book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467110372
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/16/2013
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,137,958
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Journalist and photojournalist Maggie FitzRoy and Beaches Museum & History Park archivist Taryn Rodríguez-Boette selected photographs from thousands in the historical society’s collection to tell the story of Jacksonville Beach and its fascinating past.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Pablo Beach 9

2 Lifeguards 21

3 Residents and Visitors 35

4 Schools 49

5 Storms 61

6 Boardwalk and Piers 71

7 Wars 85

8 Driving on the Beach 91

9 Buildings and Businesses 103

10 Beach Scenes 117

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