Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Miami Circle at Brickell Point
at Brickell Point
has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.
The Miami Circle is a 38-foot diameter ring of post holes carved into bedrock, dating between 500 B.C.E. and 750 C.E. The circle is the foundation of a wooden structure built by the ancestors of the Tequesta people. The site's well-preserved outline of American Indian architecture, artifacts indicating regional and long-distance trade, ceremonial use of animals, and association with the Tequesta people contribute to its national significance.
Erected 2009 by the National Park Service and the United States Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 25° 46.166′ N, 80° 11.373′ W. Marker is in Miami, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker can be reached from Brickell Avenue (U.S. 1/41) north of Southeast 5th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The Miami Circle site is operated as a park in Miami's Brickell neighborhood, across from downtown along the
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The People of Brickell Point (a few steps from this marker); The Miami Circle (within shouting distance of this marker); Saving the Circle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mary Brickell Park (about 500 feet away); Brickell Park (about 500 feet away); Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 (approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Menendez on Biscayne Bay (approx. half a mile away); Dade County (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miami.
More about this marker. The marker is laid atop a block of limestone at the park's west side, near the circular drive, and several hundred feet west of the Miami Circle formation.
Regarding The Miami Circle at Brickell Point. Discovered in 1998, the Miami Circle is a 38 ft
Before 1998 six low-rise apartment buildings from the 1950s had occupied the site. When those structures were razed in order to erect a high-rise condominium complex, city codes required a routine archaeological field study be done. The unexpected discovery resulting from that study made the site a center of controversy for years to follow. The owner, eager to begin construction, saw his plans stymied as preservationists and community leaders lobbied their governments to intervene and save the circle from destruction. Ultimately, the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County were able to jointly purchase the site from the developer, though the deal would cost a total of $26.7 million.
In 2011, the site was opened as a public park and managed by a local historical institute, HistoryMiami.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These markers explain the history of the Miami Circle and Brickell Point.
Also see . . .
1. Miami Circle. article on Wikipedia (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
2. Archaeology Projects: Miami Circle. Virtual tour and overview from the Florida Department of State (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
3. Tequesta. Wikipedia article on the Native American tribe (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2013, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 528 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on May 31, 2013, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 14, 2013, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.