New book explores life along the Miami River

New book explores life along the Miami RiverThe newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series is Along the Miami River from local author Paul S. George. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images of this Florida region.

Although the Miami River originally was just 4.5 miles in length, it has been a robust working river since the incorporation of Miami in 1896. With a volume of trade exceeding $4 billion annually, the Miami River has been central to the story of Miami for thousands of years.

Native Miamians lived along the river for millennia and used it as their “expressway,” as well as their source for food and water. The riverbanks have been home to exotic animals, Jesuit missions, (the “Mother of Miami”) and a grand Gilded Age hotel. Even with the post- World War II rise of suburbia and the flight of residents away from the center of the city, the river has remained busy.

Today, with a renaissance in central Miami, there has been a significant increase in appreciation for the role of the river in this revival and in the rich history of the city. Along the Miami River shares this unique history using vintage images that allow the reader to step back in time and view their community from a different perspective.

Along the Miami River by Paul S. George (128 pages/ softcover) is priced at $21.99. It is available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at 1-888- 313-2665 or online at www.arcadiapublishing.com

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