Have you ever wished you could go back in time? If you could, Florida would be a great place to do so. There’s a reason so many people speak fondly of Old Florida. Florida has a unique and fascinating history, and we’d like to share a piece of it through these photos. Some dates given are approximate, but they should all be at least a century old.
Train wreck on a bridge in Tampa, 1906
That looks really scary.
Woman pulling a child on sled in DeLand, 1890
Pulling a what? Never heard of it.
People posed on a trolley car in Tampa, 1892
It seems like trolley cars were awfully small back then.
Young men with Penny-Farthing bicycles in Tallahassee, 1900
This is what I imagine biker gangs looked like 100 years ago.
Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne, 1901
This landmark is still standing, and it's definitely worth a visit.
Young Cigarmakers in Englehardt & Co. in Tampa, 1909
It's a little hard to tell, but the boy in the middle is smoking a cigar. I guess they figured if they were old enough to make them, they were old enough to smoke them.
Casino Pool in Alcazar Hotel, St. Augustine, 1905
This hotel, built by industrialist Henry Flagler, is now the Lightner Museum. Recent visitors will recognize this swimming area as the museum's restaurant. It's still a very beautiful space, but it must have really been something to see it filled with water.
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, 1880
July 4th parade in Delray Beach, Florida, 1914
Family using a railroad car of the Tavares and Gulf Railroad as a home in Tavares, 1915
When I look at this photo, I can't stop wondering about these people and how they came to live here.
Band awaiting the arrival of President Grover Cleveland in Lakeland, 1894
Lady in white reclining on the beach in Palm Beach, 1896
I just hope this wasn't a summer day.
Bath House, White Springs, 1912
The remnants of the bath house can still be visited at Stephen Foster Memorial State Park.
The Breakers Hotel on Fire, Palm Beach, 1903
The Breakers Hotel is a famous hotel built by Henry Flagler. It opened in 1896 and was rebuilt after fires in 1903 and 1925.
Sisters posed with a Bible, Jacksonville, 1897
Maybe it's just me, but something about this photo seems a little creepy.
St. Augustine street scene, 1893
St. Augustine is the country's oldest city and still full of historic charm.
Women showing their ankles in Pensacola, 1905
Oh my, how scandalous!
Railroad workers on a bridge in Lacoochee, 1890
This photo is really beautiful. It almost looks like a painting.
Florida orange pickers in a grove, 1910
The photo doesn't give the location, but it would have been during Florida's second citrus boom, after the great freeze in 1894-95.
Men standing around Sawfish and Bonito shark, Key West, 1911
There are tons of great photos of proud fisherman in Florida's archives.
Second annual Citrus Seminar: Gainesville, 1911
The University of Florida was founded in 1853.
Woman with dog and rifle, 1915
The location wasn't given for this photo, but it's just too cool to leave out. By the way, most Floridians know not to try this at home. Moss is full of red bugs that will make you itch like crazy.
What do you think of these photos? Did you have any favorites? How different are these places today? Please share your comments with us below.