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graphi9Considering this is the racing weekend in South Florida its only fitting that we stumbled across this story about the Marion Edwards Memorial — and with it a piece of Hialeah racing history. The race, now taking place at New Smyrna Speedway, was first held at Hialeah Speedway on October 1969 and continued each year through 2004. Sadly, the speedway closed in 2005 and its location now is home to big box retailers and smaller shops. The only sign the location was ever home to a speedway is now a mural inside Applebee’s.
But the memories are alive and well, and will be on display, albeit rather far away. This Saturday all drivers are welcome to bring their memories of Hialeah and share them with their fellow drivers and the fans during the The Marion Edwards Memorial which was brought back when a group decided to reunite Hialeah drivers.
Its a shame the reunion won’t take place in Hialeah on a weekend when racing is already in the air.

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Many of us know Milander as a park, where we might catch a baseball or football game, where we learned to swim or went to a dance, but today we thought we’d put a face to the name. Milander Park was named after long time Hialeah Mayor Henry Milander, seen below being read to by Immaculate Conception School children — a long-standing parochial school in Hialeah.

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vote-graphic1Voting’s come along way in la ciudad que progresa. When the city was incorporated in 1925 there was one precint and 532 registered voters. Now 83 years later there are nearly 80,000 voters and countless precincts.
Our voting experience went smoothly first thing this morning (literally), by 6:30 a.m. voters were lining up at Milander Auditorium, the sleepy crowd nonetheless was cheerful and in good humor.
After a charming chat with a couple who could remember the day when Hialeah didn’t go further than West 4th Ave (57 Ave) we cast our votes and wished for the best. As we were leaving we couldn’t help but note campaigners sharing cafecito and the granizado cart pulling up – ah, elections Hialeah style.

Now there’s no worse predicament than to be “caught by the train” sitting, waiting and praying our boss will believe “the train was crossing” line again, but here’s a neat picture from 1927 that may leave you thinking differently next time you’re “caught.”
Featured is the first arrival of the Orange Blossom Special — check out miss Miss Hialeah to the left.

The Orange Blossom Special was a deluxe passenger train operated primarily by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad between New York City and Miami in the United States. Inaugurated on November 21, 1925, the service was created to capitalize on the booming development taking place in Florida.
The service was suspended during WWII to free the equipment for wartime use in carrying troops. Its last run was in 1953.

A promotional billboard welcomes visitors to Hialeah in 1921.
A promotional billboard welcomes visitors to Hialeah in 1921

“All Ways Lead to Hialeah” was one of the city’s first slogans. At the time, Glenn Curtiss and James Bright could not have imagined the important link in the transportation chain provided by Hialeah’s location. Sitting in the heart of northwest Dade, Hialeah has access to every major thoroughfare – linked by I-95, I-75, the Palmetto and Sawgrass Expressways, and the Florida Turnpike. Hialeah also provides direct economical access to both Opa-Locka and Miami International Airports, the Port of Miami, Amtrak, Tri-Rail and Metro-Rail stations are conveniently located within the city.

Hola Hialeah!

We’re excited to join the blogosphere to talk about what we love best — the little (well, maybe not so little) corner of Miami-Dade county we call home — Hialeah.

The fifth largest city in Florida is a mosaic of people, colors and attitudes not just “agua fango y factoria.” We’re here to highlight each nuance that makes us uniquely Hialeah, bring a bit of humor, and keep the world posted on the happenings of our corner of the world.