World's Finest Beach: A Brief History of the Jacksonville Beaches

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Overview
Beginning as a summer resort for the wealthy, the oceanfront of Jacksonville has morphed into an outrageously popular tourist destination, stretching from Mayport to Ponte Vedra Beach. Encompassing a fishing village, luxury hotels, a carnival, railroads, mines and flocks of tourists, these beaches have a vast and eclectic history. Discover how Mayport became an adjunct of one of the largest naval bases in the United States and how a former mine called Mineral City became Ponte Vedra. Noted historian Don Mabry traces the fascinating history of what he still considers home from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first in this warm account of the "World's Finest Beach."
Details
ISBN: 9781596299672
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
Date:
State: Florida
Series: Brief History
Images: 75
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Author
Dr. Donald J. Mabry, professor emeritus of history at Mississippi State University, went to elementary schools in Jacksonville Beach and graduated from Fletcher Junior-Senior High School in 1959. Mabry earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Kenyon College, a master's in education from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate with honors from Syracuse University. He taught at St. Johns River Community College in Palatka, Florida; Syracuse University; and Mississippi State University. He has authored six books and hundreds of articles and is founder and editor of the Historical Text Archive (historicaltextarchive.com). He returns often to the beaches to do historical research and enjoy what he believes is still the World's Finest Beach.