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Fascinating Historical Photos Of Jacksonville From Early 20th Century

Jacksonville is the most populous and largest city in Florida. During the American Civil War, Union forces occupied it four times. Following the civil war and during the reconstruction period, the city became the major winter resort. The 20th Century in Jacksonville began with catastrophe when the Great Fire of 1901 destroyed the business district and rendered 10,000 residents homeless in eight hours. Despite the widespread damage, only seven deaths were reported in the city, and the restoration started immediately. The 1920s brought significant real estate development, and the tourism industry boomed. In 1940, a navy base was constructed in the city. This base was a vital training center during World War II, with over 20,000 pilots and aircrewmen being trained there.

Today Jacksonville is an important port city and function as the state’s foremost transportation and commercial center. Health care, insurance, and banking sectors are the dominant factor in Jacksonville’s economy. Here below, we have compiled a list of stunning photos of old Jacksonville from the early 20th century that show streets, cityscapes, and everyday life.

#1 Main Street north from Bay, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910

Main Street north from Bay, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910

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#2 First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, 1904

First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, 1904

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#3 Forsyth Street looking east, Jacksonville, Florida, 1910

Forsyth Street looking east, Jacksonville, Florida, 1910

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#4 Lunch hour on the docks, Jacksonville, Florida, 1910

Lunch hour on the docks, Jacksonville, Florida, 1910

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#5 Residences, corner Laura and Ashley Streets, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910

Residences, corner Laura and Ashley Streets, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910

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#6 Hotel Duval, Jacksonville, 1910

Hotel Duval, Jacksonville, 1910

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#7 Dinner hour on the docks, Jacksonville, 1910

Dinner hour on the docks, Jacksonville, 1910

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#8 Street scene in the Negro section, Jacksonville, Florida, February 1943

Street scene in the Negro section, Jacksonville, Florida, February 1943

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#9 Hemming Park, Confederate monument and Y.M.C.A, Jacksonville, Florida, 1910

Hemming Park, Confederate monument and Y.M.C.A, Jacksonville, Florida, 1910

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#10 Main Street streetcar, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1903

Main Street streetcar, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1903

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#11 Residences on Church Street. Jacksonville, 1904

Residences on Church Street. Jacksonville, 1904

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#12 St. Johns River, Jacksonville, 1910

St. Johns River, Jacksonville, 1910

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#13 Entrance to Riverside Park, Jacksonville, 1910

Entrance to Riverside Park, Jacksonville, 1910

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#14 A Darky Homestead, Jacksonville, Florida, 1905

A Darky Homestead, Jacksonville, Florida, 1905

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#15 Seminole Club, Jacksonville, 1910

Seminole Club, Jacksonville, 1910

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#16 Forsyth Street at night, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910

Forsyth Street at night, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910

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#17 Hemming Park and Monroe Street, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1904

Hemming Park and Monroe Street, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1904

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#18 Bisbee Building on Bankers’ Row.” The city’s first sky­scraper, still standing on Forsyth Street, Jacksonville circa 1910

Bisbee Building on Bankers' Row." The city's first sky­scraper, still standing on Forsyth Street, Jacksonville circa 1910

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#19 Bay Street, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1904

Bay Street, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1904

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#20 Hogan Street, Home to Dr. Williams, Alveolar, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910

Hogan Street, Home to Dr. Williams, Alveolar, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910

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#21 Hotel Seminole, Jacksonville, 1910

Hotel Seminole, Jacksonville, 1910

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#22 Bisbee Building and Bankers, Jacksonvile, 1910

Bisbee Building and Bankers, Jacksonvile, 1910

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#23 Signal tower, Jacksonville, 1864

Signal tower, Jacksonville, 1864

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#24 Jacksonville and St. Johns River, 1904

Jacksonville and St. Johns River, 1904

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#25 Forsyth Street west from City Hall, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910

Forsyth Street west from City Hall, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910

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#26 Forsyth Street, west from Main, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910

Forsyth Street, west from Main, Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910

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