Continuing on with some more historical images from Central Florida and our “drive by shooting”.
“David Dunham Rogers, born in 1850, was one of Daytona’s earliest settlers in 1874 and one of its founding fathers in 1876. A graduate of Cooper Union Institute in New York City, he was Daytona’s first surveyor. For four decades he made surveys and produced hundreds of maps from Jacksonville to Key West, but concentrated on Volusia County, especially Daytona Beach and other towns along the Halifax River. In 1884 he had the first wagon road graded across the peninsula from river to ocean. He built the first ice plant in 1886. In 1888 he built the first bridge to cross the river in Daytona (today’s Main Street bridge). His daughter, Dr. Josie Rogers, was Daytona’s first female physician and only female mayor. David Dunham Rogers built their second home in 1879 at 436 North Beach Street. Just before he died in 1919, he gave that property to the City of Daytona Beach for a riverside park. David Dunham Rogers’ Great Floridian plaque is located on the front of the Rogers House, Riverfront Park, Beach Street, Daytona Beach.
Dr. Josie Rogers was born in 1876 in Daytona Beach and was a lifelong resident of Florida. She was the first female doctor to practice in Daytona Beach and possibly the state. As of 1999, she was the only female mayor of Daytona Beach. Dr. Rogers began her career in Daytona Beach in 1907. By 1912 she was chairman of the Florida State Health Department. In 1918 she worked for women’s suffrage. She was elected to the Daytona Beach City Commission in 1921 and was elected mayor in 1922. In 1946 she was elected chief of staff of Halifax District Hospital and in 1949 became director of the Halifax Historical Society. Dr. Rogers died in 1975. Her Great Floridian plaque is located on the front of the Rogers House, Riverfront Park, Beach Street, Daytona Beach.”
Next some views of Beach Street in Daytona Beach, Florida as it is today and some images below of the same street circa the early 1900’s. Strangely, this street is not anywhere near the beach instead it parallels the Intracoastal Waterway aka the Halifax River.
Beach Street in Daytona Beach, Florida circa 1905 (I am not sure who took this picture). Original can be found and purchased here:-
Love the horseless carriage in this one. It’s just amazing to me how far we’ve come in such a relatively short time period.
Image from around the 1900’s. Photographer unknown but original can be found here:-
Hope you enjoy this peek into Central Florida’s historical sites.
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