Category: History

FBF 1946: Remembering the Seahawks, Miami’s First Pro Sports Team (Really)

Oct 09, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

Apparently, the Miami Seahawks were a professional American football team.  Based in Miami, Florida, they played in the All-America Football Conference in 1946, the league’s inaugural season.  They subsequently folded under mounting debt. They are notable not only as the first major league sports franchise in Miami but also as the state of Florida’s first […]

FBF: Old Footage of Florida’s 1920s Land Boom

Jul 31, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

Florida was the site of an enormous real estate bubble in the 1920s. Fueled by easy credit and advertisers that promoted a lifestyle of sunshine and leisure, contemporaneous accounts describe an overall “herd mentality” madness among Florida investors.  Astonishingly, some lots in the city of Miami were bought and sold as many as ten times in […]

FBF Chart: Miami-Dade population has more than doubled since 1970

Jul 24, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

As much as it feels like Miami’s population growth has exploded in recent years, this FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) chart of population growth in Miami-Dade County since 1970 tells a different story.  In fact, population growth in the county has been fairly steady, as evidenced by the straightness of the plotted population line.  What’s […]

FBF: Could this Coral Gables promo video from the 1950s possibly be more quaint?

Jun 26, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

This 1950s era promotional video for Coral Gables seems almost too quaint to be real.  We’re not 100% sure this is not a parody.  Wow, how times have changed. View Coral Gables information today: Demographics and economics data and projections by zip code 33134 33143 33144 33145 33156 Commercial property listings 33134 33143 33144 33145 […]

Google Street View Powered FBF: Wells Fargo Center (FKA Met 2) is Constructed

Jun 19, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

2007 The cranes are at it.  This made for some [insert favorite expletive here] “fun” commuting. 2008 The building appears to be taking shape. 2009 Getting there.  Some glass is in. 2011 Looks like it is open for business. 2015 Looking fine today. Read about the Wells Fargo Center building today.  Also check out the […]

FBF 1977: The time it snowed in Miami

May 22, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

On January 18, 1977, the pressure gradient between a ridge over the Mississippi Valley and a Nor’easter over Atlantic Canada sent extremely cold temperatures south into the state of Florida.  By early morning before sunrise on January 19, West Palm Beach had reported snow for the first time on record, and snow flurries had fallen […]

Flashback Friday: 1952 Video of Miami

May 15, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

Miami has changed, just a bit, since 1952.  Watching this video helps one to understand, or for those around for a while, recall, just how much.  Make sure to check out the “skyline” (you’ll appreciate the quotation marks when you view it) at 7:05 in the video.

Flashback Friday: Hurricane Andrew, As it Happened

May 01, 2015 - History - 0 Comments - Standard

At the time of its occurrence in August 1992 the costliest hurricane in United States history, Hurricane Andrew was the fourth tropical cyclone and the first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season in 1992.  It originated from a tropical wave over the central Atlantic. Initially, strong wind shear prevented it from developing too much intensity.  However, […]