Beginning as a summer resort for the wealthy, the oceanfront of Jacksonville has morphed into an outrageously popular tourist destination, stretching from Mayport to Ponte Vedra Beach Encompassing a fishing village, luxury hotels, a carnival, railroads, mines and flocks of tourists, these beaches have a vast and eclectic history Discover how Mayport became an adjunct of one of the largest naval bases in the United States and how a former mine called Mineral City became Ponte Vedra Noted historian Don Mabry traces the fascinating history of what he still considers home from the nineteenth century to the twenty first in this warm account of the World s Finest Beach....
|Title||:||World's Finest Beach: A Brief History of the Jacksonville Beaches|
|Publisher||:||The History Press 1St Edition edition May 6, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||176 pages|
|File Size||:||570 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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World's Finest Beach: A Brief History of the Jacksonville Beaches Reviews
I just finished reading World’s Finest Beach: A Brief History of the Jacksonville Beaches, (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2010).
This book was an interesting read because it not only contained a lot of detail and illustrations, it also flowed as a narrative and brought the people and times to life. There were a lot of conversations with old timers and excellent comments brought out of old diaries and documentation. It filled in the blanks for me and gave me a feeling of actually being there rather than reading halting captions under old photos. I did not appreciate the "political" overtones inserted by the author, however; that was a distraction and an annoyance. His personal slant marred an otherwise lively, informative book.
This author put a lot of work into this book. I grew up on Jax Beach, and learned so much about my home town that I never knew before. Thank you, Mr. Mabry!!
Great history of the area.
This book has been well researched and contains so much history of the Jacksonville Beaches. I can easily recommend it to anyone having an interest in this area of Florida. Charlie Jones