Modern Era

1822 – Present

First commercial airline flight; St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line; Benoist XIV at St. Petersburg Pier January 1, 1914

Photo credits to The St. Petersburg Museum of History: Addison Cairns Mizner (December 12, 1872 – February 5, 1933) was an American resort architect whose Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival style interpretations left an indelible stamp on South Florida, where it continues to inspire architects and land developers. In the 1920s Mizner was the best-known and most-discussed living American architect.

From the early settlement of the Suncoast, the arrival of the railroad, through the “boom years” of the early 1900s, the area has a remarkable and interesting history: The departure point for troops going to Cuba in the Spanish-American War, the birth and success of Ybor City and Tarpon Springs; the winter base of the Ringling Circus in Sarasota, the first commercial flight in U.S. aviation history. More-recent history includes the WWII training support operations that led to a post-war boom in migration to Florida; and later by the Tampa-based U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command, in first “Gulf War” and military operations since. Other than books, (many of which are written in a scholarly format), there is virtually no easily obtainable, quickly-readable, illustrated, presentation of key people, places, and events – the coming of the railroad, the “boom years” in St. Petersburg from 1900-1925, the early years of baseball; the first commercial flight, etc.