Jacksonville: From Downtown to Car Town

Jacksonville: From Downtown to Car Town

Previous issues of “Jacksonville History Matters” described how the Great Fire of 1901 set the stage for a new downtown Jacksonville. That downtown evolved in the two decades before automobiles became fixtures in day-to-day life. We inherited a downtown that was...
Jacksonville’s Second Century

Jacksonville’s Second Century

How much history can a city accumulate in 200 years? A lot, and Jacksonville has more, and more interesting history, than any place in Florida. Compared to our peer cities though, we seem less concerned with our civic inheritance. Why that is so makes for a lively...
From Wallphone to Smartphone

From Wallphone to Smartphone

As we celebrate the Jacksonville Bicentennial June 11, 2022, it can be hard to imagine what Jacksonville was like in 1822. So many inventions have been developed during those two centuries to help us live an easier and more convenient way of life. One of those...
Triumph Over Hardships

Triumph Over Hardships

One of Jacksonville’s earliest ethnic migrations can be traced to pioneer Philip Dzialynski, who arrived in the city in 1850 at the age of 17 and was its first Jewish entrepreneur. This was the first step of Jewish families relocating and later being involved in city...
What’s in 200 Years?

What’s in 200 Years?

Jacksonville has often seemed less concerned with its history than any of Florida’s other major cities, even though it is the oldest among them. Explaining that is challenging, but the Bicentennial seems a good time to try. After all, this is by far Florida’s largest...