St. Augustine in the 1930s and 1940s

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The Great Depression came early to St. Augustine with the end of the Florida land boom in 1926, followed by the stock market collapse in 1929. Hotels closed, a major bank failed, subdivisions folded, and tourism was reduced to a trickle. The city’s main employer, the Florida East Coast Railway, went into receivership in 1931, and public works projects sought to bring relief to the unemployed. The economy slowly improved toward the end of the 1930s, but it was World War II that brought economic recovery to the town. Local hotels were taken over for military training, and servicemen on leave from nearby military bases flooded the town, bringing prosperity once again to the Ancient City.
ISBN: 9781467103954
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 214
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Beth Rogero Bowen is a descendant of Mediterranean settlers who arrived in St. Augustine in the 1770s. She is the author of St. Augustine in the Gilded Age, St. Augustine in the Roaring Twenties, and Bridge to a Dream, the story of building the Bridge of Lions and Davis Shores from 1925 to 1927.
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