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JULIA TUTTLE, MOTHER OF MIAMI: BAYFRONT PARK, MIAMI

Updated: May 24, 2021



This is a gorgeous statue to Julia Tuttle. Her dress is decorated with beautiful scenes of her life in Miami. I was there at sunrise and the scene was absolutely gorgeous!



In 1890, when her father died and left her his land in Florida, she sold her home in Cleveland, Ohio and relocated to Biscayne Bay. Tuttle used the money from her parents' estate to purchase 640 acres where the city of Miami is now located, on the north side of the river. After many years of trying to lure Henry Flagler (Father of Miami) to build his railroad to extend to Miami, finally, under an agreement between the two, Tuttle supplied Flagler with the land for a hotel and a railroad station for free, and they split the remainder of her 640 acres north of the Miami River in alternating sections. On April 22, 1896, train service of the Florida East Coast Railway came to the area. On July 28, male residents voted to incorporate a new city, Miami. Thereafter, the city steadily grew from a small town to a metropolis.



The statue includes different scenes of her life and work in Miami.


Julia died at 49 years old in 1898 from meningitis. She is buried in Miami City Cemetery.

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