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Julia Tuttle: Mother of Miami, Miami City Cemetery

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.

Same property seen today, above.

Julia died at 49 years old from meningitis. 1848-1898

As an aside, the left rear of the picture shows the crypt of William Burdine, of Burdine's Department Store.


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