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Whose mausoleum was raided when slot machines were found in it?

Slot machines

(Slot machines at ________________ family mausoleum. July 1961. Credit: Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami, 1989-011-6111)

Since Miami’s founding in 1896, people have been setting up illegal gambling operations throughout the city. Illegal casino operators often had to find unique places to hide their gambling machines. On July 18, 1961, four slot machines were found in the empty mausoleum of a prominent Miami family. Investigators at the time did not know who had placed them there, but the slot machines were quickly taken into police custody.

Today gambling has become legal in the Seminole and Miccosukee casinos, as well as at some dog and horse tracks. A recent debate about expanding casinos occurred when Genting Group purchased the Miami Herald building with plans to build a large resort casino on its site. In 2012 the Florida legislature voted to change gambling laws for this purpose, and the proposal was turned down. Today the future of gambling in South Florida is still unknown.

A. The Brickell's


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Where in Miami did Fisher and Curtiss open a flying school in 1916?

Curtiss flyng field

(Curtiss Aviation School Field. 1916. Credit: HistoryMiami, x-1539-1)

When World War I began in 1914, it ushered in a new era of warfare weapons. One such weapon was the airplane; it could be used for offensive and defensive maneuvers, as well as surveillance. Aviator Glenn Curtiss saw a need to train pilots for the United States’ eventual entrance into the war. He teamed up with Miami Beach developer Carl Fisher and opened a school in 1916; however, the school did not remain open for long, among other reasons because the nearby residents were not happy about the constant disturbances.

A. Miami Beach


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Homestead is between what two national parks?

Boca Chita Lighthouse

(Tower (Boca Chita Key, Fla.). ca. 1941. Credit: HistoryMiami, 1998-229-12)

South Florida has some of the nation’s most biologically diverse and unique environments. In 1916 the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs established Royal Palm State Park. During the 1920s and 1930s Ernest F. Coe campaigned to create a national park preserving the river of grass. The federal government created a park in the area in 1947 that included the former Royal Palm State Park. In 1968 a similar movement to preserve the northern Florida Keys and surrounding waters led to the establishment of a national monument. It turned into a national park in 1980. Homestead and Florida City are between these two national parks.

A. Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park

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Which South Florida plant could be used to create a starch for baking, but if prepared incorrectly, was poisonous?


(___________. Credit: Quilt block by Claudia Van Essen. HistoryMiami, Miami Centennial Quilt)


Pioneers who moved to South Florida encountered a variety of new foods. One abundant food in particular could be poisonous if prepared the wrong way. The new residents learned from the Seminoles the process of preparing this plant. The crop was used as a cash crop by many of the settlers, who sold one of its products, starch, in Key West.

A. Comptie


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