Late 1920’s photo looking west taken from a small farm on Rosedale Drive(then named Melrose Drive) in the F.E.C. Addition to Country Club Estates(now Miami Springs). Notice the chickens and garden in the foreground. The 2 story building on the left(the address is now 111 Ludlam Drive, Miami Springs) was built in 1925 to house Florida East Coast Railway employees. That building still stands. In the background can be seen the F.E.C. rail cars on the west bank of the F.E.C. canal(now known locally as the Ludlam canal) and F.E.C. storage tank. In later years the Rosedale bridge would be built across the canal just to the right of this photo. In the 1950’s adventurous Miami Springs youths would cross the old wooden Rosedale bridge to play in the abandoned F.E.C. roundhouse.
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.
To help support our Members and volunteers’ efforts, we ask for a suggested minimum donation of $8 when visitors arrive (MS Historical Society members, and children under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult, are admitted free to this program).
How many people are left in Miami Springs that remember the Vagabond Acres Nursey on Westward Dr?
I don’t remember a Nursery on Westward, but there used to be a nursery on Ludlam near Springview Elementary.
Vagabond Acres Nursery was on the south side of Westward and east of Navajo. It closed in the late 60’s and homes built on the old site. The guy that owned it was beatnik type guy who drove an older Corvette, his daughter graduated from Miami Springs Sr High, I believe in 1966.