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Coral Gables, Florida Historical Markers

 
Alhambra Water Tower Marker image, Touch for more information
By Marsha A. Matson, May 10, 2014
Alhambra Water Tower Marker
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — F-408 — Alhambra Water Tower
On Alhambra Circle at Ferdinand Street, in the median on Alhambra Circle.
This “lighthouse” which has never seen the sea, serves as a testament to Coral Gables’ early boom years, a time when everyday practical things could be turned into works of art. Built c. 1923, its design is credited to Denman Fink, . . . — Map (db m73629) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — Biltmore Hotel
Near Anastasia Avenue near Colubus Boulevard, on the right when traveling east.
Biltmore Hotel has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance
Map (db m75726) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — City of Coral Gables
On Miracle Mile at Merrick Way, on the right when traveling west on Miracle Mile.
Incorporated April 29, 1925 Originated in 1898 as the Plantation of Reverend S.G. Merrick Founded and building begun by George E. Merrick November 1921 — Map (db m127511) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — Coral Gables Congregational Church
On Malaga Avenue at Columbus Boulevard, on the right when traveling west on Malaga Avenue.
George Merrick, the visionary behind the City of Coral Gables, founded Coral Gables Congregational Church in 1923, to honor his father, Solomon, a Congregational minister. The church was the first public building in Coral Gables. The Mediterranean . . . — Map (db m75731) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — F-455 — Coral Gables Merrick House
On Coral Way at Toledo Street, on the right when traveling west on Coral Way.
In July 1899, Congregational minister Solomon Greasley Merrick (1859-1911) and his wife Althea (1859-1937) purchased sight unseen the surrounding 160 acres for $1,100. Several months later, Merrick and his son George (1886-1942) came from . . . — Map (db m73631) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — Coral Gables Miracle Mile
On Miracle Mile (State Road 972) east of Southwest 42nd Avenue (State Road 953), on the right when traveling east.
Immediately after World War II, the "Father of Miracle Mile," George K. Zain and his wife, City Commissioner Rebyl Zain conceived, developed and implemented the concept of a Miracle Mile for the section of Coral Way between Douglas Road and Le Jeune . . . — Map (db m83130) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — F-453 — Coral Gables Waterway
On South Le Jeune Road (State Road 953) at Sunset Drive (State Road 986), on the right when traveling north on South Le Jeune Road.
When developer George Merrick (1886-1942) and the Coral Gables Corporation conceived the master plan for Coral Gables in the 1920s, the city's boundaries encompassed waterfront acreage allowing access to waterways. The original city boundaries went . . . — Map (db m74931) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — George Allen Avenue
On Oak Avenue at George Allen Avenue (Industrial Avenue), on the left when traveling east on Oak Avenue.
George Allen, a native of the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, moved to South Florida in 1928 seeking a more productive life style for his family. Allen became employed by George Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables. and rose quickly through the . . . — Map (db m120682) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — George E. Merrick1886-1942
"I have given my life to the development of our city and to the working out of an ideal." — Map (db m75996) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — George Edgar Merrick1886-1942
On Biltmore Way at Southwest 42nd Avenue (State Road 953), on the left when traveling west on Biltmore Way.
Dreamer, writer, poet, philosopher, lover of the beautiful - he made his dream become a reality in the creation of Coral Gables, City Beautiful. Dade County commissioner from 1914 to 1916. He advocated and promoted good highways and . . . — Map (db m99921) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — F-980 — GFWC Coco Plum Woman's Club
On Sunset Drive at Nervia Street, on the left when traveling east on Sunset Drive.
(Side 1) Pioneer women from distant urban areas were lonely and isolated in the pines and palmettos of South Florida. On February 14, 1912, six of them met at Eleanor Jordan’s home and founded the Coco Plum Thimble Club. "Mother" Jordan . . . — Map (db m127512) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — F-470 — Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery
On Erwin Road at Southwest 74th Street, on the left when traveling south on Erwin Road.
Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery is the oldest designated cemetery in the Miami area and one of the oldest Coral Gables Historical sites. Adam and Rosa Richards deeded one acre of land on May 13, 1897 for 10 dollars to Wilson A Larkins, Arthur F. Lang . . . — Map (db m83128) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — Ruth Bryan Owen Waterway Park
On Granada Boulevard north of Southwest 40 th Street (State Road 976), on the left when traveling north.
Ruth Bryan Owen was the daughter of famed orator and Democratic presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan. She was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, on October 2, 1885. During World War I, she served as a nurse in the Egyptian-Palestine campaign. . . . — Map (db m82381) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — Site of Packing House of Coral Gables Plantation
On Castile Avenue at South Greenway Drive, on the right when traveling west on Castile Avenue.
Site of Packing House of Coral Gables Plantation established by Rev. Solomon Greasley Merrick Post in fig tree only evidence remaining — Map (db m73634) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — State of Florida Historic Roadway
On South Le Jeune Road (State Road 953) at Riveria Drive, on the right when traveling north on South Le Jeune Road.
Originally eight feet wide, Le Jeune Road was built by James D. Girtman (1874-1960). In addition to being a road builder, Mr. Girtman was also a successful grocer, fur trader, expert on Seminole culture, and fruit and vegetable grower. In 1902, Mr. . . . — Map (db m74932) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — F-543 — The Coral Gables Golf and Country Club
On North Greenway Drive at Granada Boulevard, on the right when traveling west on North Greenway Drive.
The Coral Gables Golf and Country Club and the Granada Golf Course, once the Merrick family’s vegetable field, were part of the original 1921 city plan by George Merrick and landscape architect, Frank Button. The golf course, designed by the . . . — Map (db m73630) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — F-612 — Troop 7 Log Cabin
Near South Greenway Drive at Cordova Street, on the right when traveling west.
When George Edgar Merrick (1886-1942) designed his idealistic City of Coral Gables in the early 1920s, he created a special area for scouts and built a rustic log cabin for his Troop 7 boy scouts on this site. Today, only the chimney remains. After . . . — Map (db m74784) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — U of M Opened Here
On University Drive at Camilo Avenue, on the right when traveling south on University Drive.
On this site, in an unfinished building originally intended for a hotel, the University of Miami registered its first students on October 15, 1926. It was twenty years before the university was able to begin the move to the site originally . . . — Map (db m74927) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — Venetian Pool
Near DeSoto Boulevard at Sevilla Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
This pool was originally a quarry from which limestone was taken for the construction of early Coral Gables homes. In 1924, Denman Fink, artist-architect and uncle of Coral Gables founder George Merrick, transformed it into a unique pool resembling . . . — Map (db m74708) HM
Florida (Miami-Dade County), Coral Gables — F-409 — Women Take Action in Coral GablesThe Roxcy O'Neal Bolton House 1965-1988
On Alhambra Circle at Madrid Street, on the right when traveling east on Alhambra Circle.
Built in 1933, this Mediterranean Revival house is a contributing structure in the Coral Gables Plantation Historic District, one of the earliest developments in the city planned by George Merrick. Throughout the late 1960s and the 1970s, this house . . . — Map (db m73632) HM

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