Arch Creek Park and Museum, North Miami

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Arch Creek was an early settlement in Miami-Dade County, Florida, in present-day metropolitan Miami. Tequesta Indians thrived here before the first Europeans arrived in the early 16th century. The name is derived from the natural limestone bridge spanning across the creek. It is part of the Arch Creek Memorial Park at 1855 Northeast 135th Street, on Biscayne Boulevard. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on July 15, 1986.
During the Seminole Wars, General Abner Doubleday (often credited with inventing baseball) blazed a trail between Fort Lauderdale and Fort Dallas on the Miami River. This Military Trail crossed over the limestone bridge, traversing the fresh water creek flowing from the Everglades to Biscayne Bay. In 1895, Henry Flagler's railroad reached Arch Creek as it expanded southward, bringing a steady stream of visitors and settlers, largely from east coast states.
The first families to settle the area planted tomatoes and pineapples. A railroad depot was established in 1903. Soon after, a packing plant, a sawmill, a post office and a school were erected as the town began to grow. By 1910, the area was a popular place for tourists and community gatherings. The "shell house" sold souvenirs, postcards and refreshments. On weekends, families from many miles away would attend barbecues with as many as 500 people. "Dad" Wiggins, the self-proclaimed best barbecue chef in Florida, would start slow-cooking large amounts of meat and families would bring baked goods, side dishes and desserts while kids played along the banks of the creek. By 1912, the community included eighteen homes, a church, a general store, a blacksmith shop, and two tomato packing houses.
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  • The part we stopped at was perfect... Thanks 😘 mother's Earth for the way you guide us 🤯🤑🤪🤓🤓🤓 spent a great morning with my children and Nephew 💙 almost there....let the sin shine on our bodies for #purity..... It one way in and one way out #slowmotion🧓🏾
  • I’m a Miami native and I wish I knew about this park earlier! I went there last weekend and the staff was soo passionate and friendly about the animals and nature. The place is truly beautiful. The hiking trails is not that big but the beauty, the museum, natural bride and iguanas make up for it lol nice place to take a walk and disconnect 🌸✨

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