Orlando -- Beautiful Progressive!
One of the earliest obtainable maps of Orlando, published at the beginning of its boom times in the early 1920s, by the local chamber of commerce.
The map illustrates the 1924 city limits, where Edgewater Heights, Lorna Doone Park, and Orwin Manor become part of Orlando.
The map also shows Tinker Field, spring training home to the Cincinnati Reds. The first stadium on the site was built in 1923 and was the Reds Spring training facility from 1923 to 1933.
The following two maps of Orlando were issued in 1925 and 1926. Based upon a comparison of these maps with this map, we surmise that this was the first state of the 1925 map below and likely one of the first maps of Orlando to show the 1924 expanded city limits.
- 1925 Map: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/cfm-images/1991/
- 1926 Map: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/cfm-images/2023/
Orlando in the 1920s
Orlando became a popular resort during the years between the Spanish–American War and World War I. In the 1920s, Orlando experienced extensive housing development during the Florida Land Boom, causing land prices to soar. During this period, several neighborhoods in downtown were constructed. The boom ended when several hurricanes hit Florida in the late 1920s, along with the Great Depression.
This is one of the earliest extant maps of Orlando. OCLC locates several Sanborn maps dating as early as 1884, but no other maps Orlando prior to 1926.
The map is also apparently very rare. OCLC does not locate this map or the two maps listed above, both of which are from the collection of the University of Central Florida.