Monday, July 6, 2015

Magic City Tourist Camp in Lemon City - 1934

The Magic City Tourist Camp in Lemon City, 1934.

1934. (Click all images to enlarge.)

From Florida Memory:
Tin Can Tourism

The opening of highways to southern states during the second decade of the twentieth century allowed newly mobile northerners and adventurous men and women from around the nation to see the unique sites and communities of Florida's interior, away from the more developed cities and destinations on the east and west coasts. After the completion of the Dixie Highway from Montreal to Miami in 1915, the number of automobile tourists increased dramatically every year, and Florida's rural areas and small towns began to change as well.

Today - 6005 NE 2nd Ave.

Today - One of the remaining cottages.

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  1. These folks were not welcomed in the little towns they passed thru, because they added nothing to the local economies.

    They mighta stopped in the local groceries, and bought sandwich makin’s and canned beans, and the newly introduced Campbell soups, but they didn’t stay in the hotels or drink in the local gin mills, or frequent the local juke joints or gambling locations.

    And without that input into the local economy, what good were they? They’re just “Tin Can Tourists!”

    Like present day tourists – they added to the expense of the area, with their demand on cops and firemen and roadways and infrastructure, but paid nothing in taxes or support for the local economy.

  2. Interesting! The single story mission style house on the right side of the pic is about the only thing left standing today and it is surrounded by warehouses. You might check out "magic city farm". The owner moved and restored 6 of these wooden bungalows.

  3. Where is Magic City Farm located? I first became interested in Magic City Park when I saw an Art Basel exhibition in Miami by German artist, Angelika Rothkegal. Her work featured the park in a series of black and white photographs. After some research, I discovered the report by the City of Miami Historical Society.

  4. The Lemon City name has been used since the 1850's. More people are discovering Miami's history.

  5. The Magic City site has 100's of amazing trees.


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