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Historical Markers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Fort Lauderdale is the county seat for Broward County
Fort Lauderdale is in Broward County
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1Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Alexander Ramsey "Sandy" Nininger, Jr.(1918-1942)
Graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School 1937 and from United States Military Academy at West Point with Honors 1941. Awarded Posthumously the First Congressional Medal of Honor of World War II by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January . . . Map (db m146548) HM
2Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — F-864 — Bridge of the Isles
During the 1920s Florida Land Boom, the present-day Nurmi Isles subdivision was dredged to create the four finger islands. Bridges providing access to each island were constructed, but no additional development occurred until Victor Nurmi purchased . . . Map (db m108909) HM
3Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Captain Joshua JamesBrave and Faithful Service
Captain Joshua James embodies the courage and determination of 19th century lifesaving crews. Born in Hull, Massachusetts 1836, James lost his mother to shipwreck when he was just 10 years old. "Ever after," he was said to "scan the sea” in search . . . Map (db m212605) HM
4Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Colonial HotelCirca 1922
This building is one of only three remaining historical buildings on Brickell Avenue, the first commercial street of Ft. Lauderdale. Constructed as the Bivans Hotel in 1922, this building is the oldest surviving structure in Ft. Lauderdale built as . . . Map (db m100383) HM
5Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Cooley's Massacre
This monument marks the site of the William Cooley plantation. Cooley arrived here in 1824 and soon became the leader of the small settlement that grew along the New River. On January 6, 1836, local Indians attacked Cooley's homestead, killing . . . Map (db m127510) HM
6Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Early 19th Century British Admiralty Anchor
Believed to be from the wreck of the British cartel ship "L'Athenaise" sunk Nov 1, 1804 with 179 French prisoners of war. Found off Barefoot Mailman Hotel, Hillsboro Beach in 1967 by Dr. Donald King Bob Jordan Mel Fisher Rupert Gates . . . Map (db m127814) HM
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7Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — F-472 — Evergreen CemeteryEstablished 1910
Many Civil War veterans are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in addition to the founding families of Fort Lauderdale including the Stranahans (who built Stranahan house on SE 6th Avenue), Bryans, Kings, Cromarties (the maiden name of Ivy Julia Stranahan . . . Map (db m72809) HM
8Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Fated BarksThe Great Storm of 1888
During the devastating gale of November 25-26, 1888, Captain Joshua James led Hull's Massachusetts Humane Society volunteer lifesavers in the courageous rescue of 29 men from five ships. The volunteers faced the greatest danger while bringing eight . . . Map (db m212606) HM
9Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — F-716 — Fort Lauderdale Beaches Wade-Ins
On July 4, 1961, local NAACP president Eula Johnson and black physician Dr. Von D. Mizell began a series of nationally publicized "wade-ins" of Fort Lauderdale beaches. Johnson, Mizell, a third black adult, and four black college students . . . Map (db m48852) HM
10Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — F-951 — Fort Lauderdale High School, 1915-1962 Home of the Flying L'S
On this 13-acre site, bounded by Broward Boulevard, South Federal Highway, SE 3rd Avenue, and SE 2nd Street, stood the original Fort Lauderdale High School. The land was donated by Frank and Ivy Strahanan, Fort Lauderdale’s first school teacher. . . . Map (db m127762) HM
11Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
On this spot, January 31, 1893, Frank Stranahan, the founder of this city, conducted a ferry across New River, established a trading post with the Indians and operated the first U.S. Post Office. Seven tenths of a mile west of this point . . . Map (db m100795) HM
12Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Hoch Heritage Center
This building was originally constructed as a post office annex warehouse in 1949. Later it was used by the City of Fort Lauderdale for offices of the City Planning Department. In 1978, the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society converted it into the . . . Map (db m172079) HM
13Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — F-285 — Indian Haulover
Bahia Mar is the site of a haulover where Indians took their canoes from New River Sound into the Atlantic Ocean. A Second Seminole War fort named for Major William Lauderdale was built near here in 1838. It was active until the War ended in 1842. . . . Map (db m47419) HM
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14Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Ivy Julia Cromartie Stranahan
Born at White Springs, Florida, on the banks of the Suwannee River, came to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1899 as the town's first school teacher. She married Frank Stranahan in 1900 and lived at the Indian Trading Post on New River, where she . . . Map (db m100385) HM
15Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — 144 — Ivy StranahanRoad to the 19th Amendment — National Votes for Women Trail —
Suffragist, Educator, Philanthropist. Founding member Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club. Leader in Florida Equal Suffrage Association 1917-1920.Map (db m217789) HM
16Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — King-Cromartie House
In 1907, Edwin T. King, the town's first builder, a boatwright and an early citrus grower, built his third home on the south bank of the New River near what is now US 1. It remained the King family home until 1968. King's daughter Louise and her . . . Map (db m127492) HM
17Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — F-878 — Link Trainer Building #8
Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale (NASFL), a complex of over 200 buildings, was built on the site of Merle Fogg Field in 1942 and served as one of a few specialty schools for training on the TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bomber. Nineteen-year-old pilot . . . Map (db m100393) HM
18Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Mackey Airlines, Inc.
Founded in 1946 by Colonel Joseph Mackey, Mackey Airlines became (August 5, 1952) the first certificated carrier in Broward authorized to engage in scheduled foreign transportation. Operations began January 2, 1953 between Fort Lauderdale, West . . . Map (db m61917) HM
19Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Museum BuildingCirca 1922
One of three remaining historical buildings on Brickell Avenue, the first commercial street in the City of Fort Lauderdale, constructed between 1924 and 1926, the building was used primarily as a furniture store (as Pace Furniture then Rhodes . . . Map (db m100434) HM
20Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — F-1074 — North Woodlawn Cemetery
During racial segregation, Fort Lauderdale's African American community was restricted to the northwest quadrant of the city. Recognizing a need in this area, the Christian Pallbearer's Association founded North Woodlawn Cemetery in 1926, most . . . Map (db m145503) HM
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21Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — F-404 — Old Fort Lauderdale Village
Old Fort Lauderdale Village at the intersection of the New River and the Florida East Coast Railway (F.E.C.) incorporates four turn-of-the-20th century historic buildings. These include the 1905 New River Inn, the 1905 Philemon N. Bryan House, the . . . Map (db m63880) HM
22Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Oliver BuildingCirca 1912
The façade is constructed in the same basic design configuration and from the actual bricks that existed on the west wall of the Oliver Building demolished in 1996. The original building was built in 1912 soon after most of Ft. Lauderdale's business . . . Map (db m100416) HM
23Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Philemon Nathaniel Bryan House
Philemon and Lucy Bryan's home was built in 1905 by contractor Edwin T. King at the request of their two sons, Reed and Tom. Philemon and Lucy first lived in a wood-frame house that had been converted into the Bryan Hotel. The New River Inn replaced . . . Map (db m127489) HM
24Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Replica 1899 School House
This replica of the original schoolhouse, which was built by Edwin T. King, was constructed in 1976 as a community Bicentennial Project. The original schoolhouse was located on the corner of South Andrews Avenue and Southwest 5th Street. Ivy . . . Map (db m100701) HM
25Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Shippey HouseBuilt in 1914
Residence of Judge Frederick Bleeker Shippey Broward County's second appointed Judge servicing from 1920 to 1933. He was most often sought out to perform marriages to notables and celebritiesMap (db m127509) HM
26Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — F-722 — The First Fort Lauderdale
The prehistoric peoples of Fort Lauderdale, commonly known as the Tequesta, occupied camps as early as 500 BCE in the area now known as Sailboat Bend. By 1800, Seminole Indians and Bahamian and American settlers inhabited lands along New River. In . . . Map (db m100394) HM
27Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — The Lewis Family
Coming over from the Bahamas sometime before 1792, Suries and Frankee Lewis and their three sons settled on the banks of the New River and were the first permanent settlers of European descent in what is now Broward County. In 1793, after reports . . . Map (db m63656) HM
28Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — The Stranahan House
An excellent example of frontier Florida architecture, the Stranahan House was constructed in 1901 for Frank and Ivy Stranahan, two of this area's earliest residents. It sits on the site of Stranahan's Trading Post. Initially the structure was used . . . Map (db m100541) HM
29Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — The Tequesta
The Tequesta Indians and their ancestors lived and traveled along the New River for at least 5000 years. The Tequesta were Native Americans that lived in Southeast Florida in an area that extended from Boca Raton to Key West encompassing the . . . Map (db m100444) HM
30Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — Third Fort Lauderdale
This tablet marks the site of the Third "Fort Lauderdale" named in honor of Maj. Wm. Lauderdale, Cmdr. Tenn. Vol. Built in 1839 under the command of Captain William B. Davidson during the Second Seminole War First erected by the Himmarshee . . . Map (db m171849) HM
31Florida, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale — 11120798 — West Side Grade School
The West Side Grade School was the second elementary school built in the Fort Lauderdale School District. The school was designed in 1923 by locally prominent architect Morris Peterman, and opened on September 21, 1923. The West Side Grade School . . . Map (db m99637) HM
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Mar. 25, 2023