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The Maple Leaf Ship just before it hit the mine off the coast of Mandarin in Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville’s Military Heritage: 10 Fascinating Things You Should Know

Jacksonville boasts a long and varied military history. Here are some of the most interesting highlights:   The Southernmost Battle of the Revolutionary War Was Fought in NE Florida. The Battle of Thomas Creek occurred near Yulee on May 17, 1777, when the Patriots faced off against the Loyalists, Brits, and Creek Indians. The Patriots lost.   Camp Milton Was an Important Confederate Military Base. Built to block Union forces from getting to the supply and railway center in Baldwin, Camp Milton on Jacksonville’s Westside was built in 1864 and served as Florida’s strongest Confederate field fortification. There’s a Civil …

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BEFORE THE MUSIC DIED: LaVilla – ”The Great Black Way”

“West Ashley Street,” sang the in 1927, was the only place you could “ever lose these awful Jacksonville Blues.” That same year,  recorded a mysterious ragtime blues guitarist named playing “Ashley Street Blues,” with singing, “I’m a heartbroken woman with the Ashley Street Blues.”  recorded another version of “Jacksonville Blues” in 1928. She was “red hot” in Atlanta, she sang, “But the man I love lives down in Jacksonville.” West Ashley was the central thoroughfare for , a mostly black town after the , a slave plantation earlier in the 19th century, and during Jacksonville’s brutal Jim Crow years, one …

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Old Arlington: The New Place to Be!

Arlington is reinventing itself–it’s on the move. Rooted in history and continuing through the , Arlington development exploded with the opening of the Mathews Bridge in 1953. Miles and miles of riverfront property wrap around the first North-to-East bend of the river from Downtown, heading out to the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to indigenous peoples, the French, Spanish, British and Americans have walked its ground, shaded under towering oak trees through centuries. Its apex began in the mid-20th century as a post-haven for new housing, expansion of communities, and soon, a private university using the namesake of the city, . …

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JAX NEIGHBORHOODS: Brooklyn

  Where’s Brooklyn? Historical and the modern boundaries of Brooklyn are two different things. Today, if you’re traveling down , the  (where the  is held) is considered to be a dividing line between  and . is considered to be on the Brooklyn side, and  is in Riverside. That’s only become the more modern definition of Brooklyn since the Fuller Warren Bridge was put in place in 1954. Historically, if you were coming down Riverside Avenue, from the Riverside neighborhood, Brooklyn really begins at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Forest Street. Forest Street is the cut off to the South, the …

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