San Marco, Florida (Images of America Series)

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Decades before Walt Disney's dream took root in central Florida, tourists flocked to a place on the banks of the St. Johns River known simply as South Jacksonville. Although small and rural, it played a large part in the history of Florida, helping establish a premier tourist destination. South Jacksonville evolved into San Marco, whose unique history rivals anything found in a best-selling novel. That history includes steamships and bridges, ostriches and alligators, sharpshooters and daredevils, train wrecks, ...
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Overview


Decades before Walt Disney's dream took root in central Florida, tourists flocked to a place on the banks of the St. Johns River known simply as South Jacksonville. Although small and rural, it played a large part in the history of Florida, helping establish a premier tourist destination. South Jacksonville evolved into San Marco, whose unique history rivals anything found in a best-selling novel. That history includes steamships and bridges, ostriches and alligators, sharpshooters and daredevils, train wrecks, haunted theaters, sprawling plantations, Oriental gardens, "The Coney Island of the South," Creature from the Black Lagoon, Babe Ruth, John Phillip Sousa, Tom Mix, and an elephant named Toddles. All played a part in the rich and varied history that is San Marco.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738586298
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,484,095
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Debra Webb Rogers, a former ballet dancer and longtime San Marco resident, acquired this unique collection of photographs from many sources, including the Jacksonville Historical Society, the Jacksonville Public Library, the State of Florida Archives, local churches and businesses, and many private individuals. Rogers is also the author of two nonfiction dance books, one novel, and a genealogy book on the descendants of Israel Boone.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Days: Plantations and Pioneers 11

2 Decades before Disney: Dreams in South Jacksonville 31

3 South Jacksonville Days: People and Places 53

4 A Vision of Venice: San Marco is Born 73

5 Southbank's Changing Face: Yesterday and Today 97

6 Vanishings and New Beginnings: San Marco Then and Now 113

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