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The Birth of Coral Gables.

One of the Earliest Coral Gables Maps.

Impressively early Coral Gables promotional map, published three years before the city was incorporated and only one year after the first map was produced.

The map shows the greater Miami area from Bal Harbour to Palmetto Bay. Focus is, of course, on the Coral Gables area, with the Coral Gables office shown and a large arrow pointing from downtown Miami to the tract. Entries to Coral Gables are shown on all sides.

Elsewhere on the map, many additional features are shown, including canals, railroads, lots, neighborhoods, roads, and much more. "Millionaire Row" is marked, stretching from Coconut Grove to Point View. Lands pertaining to fruit companies are shown inland.

Coral Gables was envisaged by George Merrick as early as the 1910s. He accumulated holdings in the Coral Gables area before moving forwards with plans for creating the city in 1920. The following year, the city was mapped, and significant additional funding was provided by Jack Baldwin. The city would be constructed and incorporated by 1925 and was noted for being brought together under the guidance of an art director, Denman Fink.


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Condition Description
Fold toning. Minor pencil manuscript.