I was born at Miami Baptist Hospital in 1959. I spent my first eight years living in Miami, and I can honestly say they were the happiest, most carefree years of my life.
Miami was sent reeling by the closure of the Goodrich plant in 1986. But it’s showing signs of rebirth. The restoration of the Coleman theater has turned into a tourist magnet, so is Miami’s spot on Route 66. One of the largest mushroom farms in the country calls Miami home, and industry is slowly starting to move back in. And there’s a growing grass-roots movement to turn the Wilson Paint and Wallpaper Building into the Charles Banks Wilson Museum.
There are thousands of individuals who love this town, and who want to remember what it was like in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. This site serves as a painstakingly researched source of history and photographs of Miami in another era. The dates and business names come from city guides, the Miami News-Record archives, and similar reliable sources.
This is a work in progress, so keep checking back in as more Miami history is added.