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Known for its balmy climate and natural beauty, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, who led the first European expedition to Florida in 1513, named the state in tribute to Spain’s Easter celebration known as “Pascua Florida,” or Feast of Flowers.

During the first half of the 1800s, U.S. troops waged war with the region’s Native American population. During the Civil War, Florida was the third state to secede from the Union. Beginning in the late 19th century, residents of Northern states flocked to Florida to escape harsh winters. In the 20th century, tourism became Florida’s leading industry and remains so today, attracting millions of visitors annually. Florida is also known for its oranges and grapefruit, and some 80 percent of America’s citrus is grown there.

A photo of Bill Leonard with his pet pony. Around 1918 in Calhoun County, Florida. Bill married Alice Louise Foster.
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1913 - 1951 1913 - 1951
Added Jan 17, 2016 by: James Carey Yates
James Carey Yates
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A photo of Jane and brother Tom Leonard during the Florida boom. In 3 years the Florida Bubble burst and hard times hit.
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Added May 5, 2016 by: James Carey Yates
James Carey Yates
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A photo of the Pigeon Key School class, thought taken 22 December 1923, L-R: Katherine Kyle, Dan Sneed, Ken Kyle, Edna Hines, Edith Carmen (teacher) Anne Kyle, Esther Hines, Mildred Sneed, Peavy boy. This group is also in a DVD video clip 'The Railroad That Went to Sea' (A Ride Down The Keys clip) by Historic Tours of America, however, the movie appears to be reversed, kids saluting flag with 'left' hand. The Kyle children are those of the chief bridge tender of the 7 Mile Bridge, Robert Kyle, his older daughter, Tessie Kyle, (married: Tessie Frentzel) was the first schoolteacher on Marathon in 1928 after quite a few years without a school. Tessie Kyle also grew up on Pigeon Key and had brothers Zollie and Robert.
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Added Mar 15, 2015 by: Tommy Dale
Tommy Dale
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A photo of an Ostrich Wagon Ride - McMichael Family Vacation
Added Oct 20, 2018 by: Zoobin Zales
Zoobin Zales
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A photo of Wilbur Hampton Leonard. Wilbur lived almost 18 months.
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1910 - Unknown 1910 - ?
Added Jan 4, 2017 by: James Carey Yates
James Carey Yates
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A photo of Wilma Shaw, daughter of J. Bryant and Mary Caroline "Carrie" Shaw, born 1915, taken in Bradford County, Florida in 1937.
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1915 - Unknown 1915 - ?
Added Nov 10, 2012 by: Jack Shaw
Jack Shaw
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Joel Gustus Griffis (in 1918) would travel by train from Homerville Ga. and visit family in Jacksonville and south Florida. The photograph shown above was taken in Jacksonville Fl.
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Added Apr 29, 2001 by: Jeffery Griffis
Jeffery Griffis
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A photo of Evelyn Hayes in the late 1940s. She was a Navy Wave, recruiter, and nurse.Taken prior to her marriage to Doyle Willard Whitehurst.
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GENERAL VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST - Mar-a-Lago, 1100 South Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, FL
Added Dec 22, 2011 by: Ancient Faces
Ancient Faces
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A photo of James Carey Yates, Jr. and class
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Added Dec 17, 2015 by: James Carey Yates
James Carey Yates
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Jordan Byron Joyner inside tire shop that he owned Marion St. Lake City, FL
Mrs. Norstog was my teacher 5th grade
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Dec 1, 1921 - December 1981 1921 - 1981
Added Oct 27, 2020 by: Randy Ludacer
Randy Ludacer
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Found in a chest of my wife Aun't in Lacoochee, Florida I would Love to know who she is
Added Sep 22, 2019 by: Robert Myers
Robert Myers
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A photo of James Nobel, 24 Jan 1903, Miami,fla Found in a old chest of my wife aun't in Lacoochee, Florida I would love to know who he is
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1852 - Mar 3, 1920 1852 - 1920
Added Sep 22, 2019 by: Robert Myers
Robert Myers
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This is a postcard of a meeting of friends along the Dixie Highway in Florida. It was never sent and there is no date, but you can tell by the look of the autos it was early 1910's or 1920's and the lack of any traffic on the road. The Dixie Highway looks much different now and no one stops to chat..
Added Nov 26, 2016 by: Marlene Christopher
Marlene Christopher
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Daniel Leonard lost his arm in a Yankee POW camp in the Civil War. He was age 15 when he joined. My mother, Mary, was a bit intimidated by her grandfather.
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1918 - 2013 1918 - 2013
Added Jan 31, 2016 by: James Carey Yates
James Carey Yates
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Pam, Becky, Jamie and Terry Bradley in Hollywood, Florida in 1977
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Nov 15, 1966 - Unknown 1966 - ?
Added Aug 1, 2015 by: Family Tuttle
Family Tuttle
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A photo of Tessie Mae (Kyle) Frentzel, sister of Katherine (Kyle) Timmons, taken on Pigeon Key, Florida near the beginning of the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys. Their dad, Robert, was the chief bridge tender of that bridge beginning in 1912.
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May 16, 1907 - Jan 1, 1989 1907 - 1989
Added Mar 30, 2015 by: Tommy Dale
Tommy Dale
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Harley Riders, late 1946. Couple on left is Arthur and Evelyn Truesdale. Couple on right is Herman and Dorothy Roesch. Taken in St. Petersburg, Florida. The sign between them says Open for Business. Notice the men are both touching their motorcycles.
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Jul 6, 1923 - May 13, 2013 1923 - 2013
Added Nov 3, 2014 by: Derrell Truesdale
Derrell Truesdale
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Taken by Harry W. Van Noy, at the Edison Estate. Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931) was a well-known inventor and perhaps even a better businessman. He had 1,093 patents in the United States and many patents in Europe. But he not only had patents, he focused on mass production of his inventions and bringing them to the population at large (the light bulb, phonograph, and movie camera, for instance). His most famous quote is "Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." And he certainly proved that!
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Feb 11, 1847 - Oct 18, 1931 1847 - 1931
Added Feb 27, 2013 by: Harry Van Noy
Harry Van Noy
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