I’m Ron Enderland. I was born in Miami, Oklahoma, at Miami Baptist Hospital, a long time ago. I moved out of town at age eight, but Miami is still my hometown, and it always will be. It’s had its ups and downs, financially speaking, but it’s on an upturn now. Still, I want to remember it as it was, and many agree with that sentiment. Thus, I’ve created this site, loaded with photos and history of the place.
It has a searchable database of businesses over the years. I’m estimating that it has 85-90% of Miami’s businesses between 1919 and 1968, and I’m still adding the missing ones. It’s mostly the result of researching the Miami News-Record, and I only have access to papers up to 1968 at this point. But still, it has over 2000 businesses listed, and can be a fine asset for helping you to track down who was located where and when.
Also, check out Miami’s Postcard Past. This section has, at the moment, twenty postcards which open up in good-sized resolution. And for your pleasure, you can get full-sized scans of five Main Street postcards, suitable for desktop wallpaper or for printing.
Check out virtual tours of North Main, South Main, and Central. Also, visit the lost businesses of East and West A Streets. We also have a growing listing of other significant business buildings, and a page devoted to urban exploration.
This is where the site could use your help. If you have historical pics of Miami and wouldn’t object to me using them here, please send them my way. You can either email enderland(@)gmail.com or use the form.
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Take a virtual historical tour of Miami
Most Recent Additions to Business Database
|Business Name||Business Address||Date First Seen There||Business Type||Notes|
|Camp Welcome||2 mi. S of fairgrounds||1930||Restaurant, Bar, Hotel||"South of fairgrounds." One article said on 66, that highway once ran that route. Last mentioned in 1961.|
|Camp Welcome Club||2 mi. S of fairgrounds||1949||Bar||In 1961, advertised as "Formerly 40 et 8 Club"|
|Barnsdall Filling Station||201 E Central||1931||Filling Station|
|McWilliams Opera House||2 S Main||1901||Building||Original building erected in 1892. Third story added in 1901, it then became the McWilliams Opera House. In 1937, another remodel was complete, third story removed. State business college moved in on Sep. 13.|
|Miami Tourist Camp||1 mile north of Miami on 66||1931||Hotel, Misc||This appears to be a later motel, not sure which one it became.|
Random Images from Our Library:
Full-Sized Postcard Views of Main Street
Other Local Historical Resources
Copyright notice: some of these images are in the public domain. Some have been contributed by others for use on the site, with the understanding that saving internet images is trivial. That being said, if you’d like to use any of the site graphics, my permission is required. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COPYRIGHT 2018.