1923 Fishbaugh photo of the passenger boats Lady Lou & Biscayne loaded with passengers at the old pontoon bridge over the Miami canal in downtown Hialeah. The photo was taken on the south side of the canal at the foot of what is now Curtiss Parkway in Miami Springs. There was a Curtiss Bright real estate promotion going on at the time. Notice the Hialeah Cash Store in the background and the men or boys in Seminole Indian rik-rak jackets. The pontoon bridge would be replaced in 1924 with the Warren Pony swing bridge which is still in use today as the incoming bridge to Miami Springs. A man can be seen on the canal bank behind the Lady Lou sitting in front of one of the animal enclosures in the Hialeah Zoo. In the early 1900’s the Lady Lou and Biscayne had been used to transport Florida East Coast Railway workers from Miami to work camps in the Florida Keys for work on the Over The Sea Railroad.
Visit the Miami Springs Historical Society and Museum The Miami Springs Historical Society is located at 501 East Drive in Miami Springs.
Miami Springs Historical Society Museum
501 East Drive
Miami Springs, FL 33166
From the Palmetto, exit at NW 36th Street and head East on NW 36th Street. Continue East on NW 36th Street and make a left hand turn (North) on East Drive. Continue North until you reach 501 East Drive.
From I-95, take I-95 to State Road 112 Westbound. Exit State Road 112 at NW 36th Street. Continue west on NW 36th Street until you reach East Drive. Make a right hand turn at East Drive (North). Continue North on East Drive until you reach 501 East Drive.
From Hialeah, take Okeechobee Road until you reach East 4th Avenue. Turn south on East 4th Avenue and cross the bridge into Miami Springs. Take the center lane and continue south onto East Drive. You’ll see Stafford Park on your left hand side and then the entrance to the Museum Parking lot at 501 East Drive.
Map to the Miami Springs Historical Society
Miami Springs Historical Museum Hours
The Museum is open each Saturday (except Christmas & New Years) from 12 Noon to 4 pm.
Entrance is FREE!
Donations are welcome.