Jacksonville Beach Collection

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Tracks on the Sand at Jacksonville Beach Postcard
A postcard depicting Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Originally inhabited by the Timucua, the area of present-day Jacksonville Beach was not settled by non-indigenous peoples until the late 19th century. The first settlers to migrate to the area were…

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Title

Jacksonville Beach Collection

Alternative Title

Jacksonville Beach Collection

Subject

Jacksonville Beach (Fla.)

Description

Originally inhabited by the Timucua, the area of present-day Jacksonville Beach was not settled by non-indigenous peoples until the late 19th century. The first settles to migrate to the area were William Edward Scull and Eleanor Kennedy Scull in the early 1880s, naming the settlement Ruby. In 1886, the town was renamed Pablo Beach. Developers began transforming the area into a resort community, first with the construction of the Murray Hall Hotel and then by the extension of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) to present-day Jacksonville Beach.<br /><br />In 1905, Pablo Beach became a popular tourist attract for its amusement parks, such as The Pavilion, which was later renamed Little Coney Island. In 1925, the name of the town was changed to Jacksonville Beach. In 1949, the Ocean View Pavilion amusement park was destroyed by fire, and the boardwalk continued to decline in the 1950s, primarily to an anti-gambling crackdown. While this postcard shows cars driving on the beach, such activities were banned in 1979.

Contributor

Van Horn, Bob

Is Part Of

Duval County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Language

eng

Type

Collection

Coverage

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"History and Facts." Leon County. https://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/Home/Departments/Public-Works/Operations/Mosquito-Control/Community-Education-and-Information/History-and-Facts.

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