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In 1908, Robert Parsell Davie, a developer from Colorado, purchased 28,000 acres of reclaimed land in the Everglades. He started a 10-acre experimental farm—the “Davie Tract”—to demonstrate the possibilities of farming in the Everglades and promote the land to prospective buyers. Some of these early pioneers came from the Panama Canal Zone and called this place “Zona.” They lived in tar paper houses or canvas tents, while others built permanent homes that remain today, including community buildings like the 1918 Davie School. The name Davie was officially chosen in 1914, and the town incorporated for the first time in 1925—electing well-known horticulturalist Frank Stirling as the first mayor. Davie became renowned for its successful citrus groves and, later, the rodeo. As the population rapidly grew between 1960 and 1980, Davie cultivated a Western theme to hold on to its unique rural legacy.
ISBN: 9781467107600
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 196
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The invaluable collection of photographs at the Old Davie School Historical Museum help tell the story of the distinctive community in the Everglades, along with records from the State Archives of Florida, the Broward County Historical Archives, and contributions from local residents. Kimberly Stansell Weismantle is the education director at the Old Davie School Historical Museum.
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