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1913 - the Miami River south fork and north fork with the newly dug Miami Canal (upper right)
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1913 - the Miami River south fork and north fork with the newly dug Miami Canal (upper right)

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Shawn Beightol 03-Dec-2014 05:15
After reading 1988 Tequesta and studying the picture in it from the same vantage point (undoubtedly the Cardale Tower) I am agreement. The 1913 image in the Tequesta shows the area west of 27th Ave cultivated/plowed, thus a clear view of the Ferguson Canal that ran North. I believe the bend in the canal became less pronounced as the canal was widened.

see the images here also:
http : // digitalcollections /tequesta/files/1988/88_1_01.pdf
http : // digitool.fcla .edu/R/33GPM8EQVVU315VTQ8I4TH66TT4RTFPC2EKAV9QHCA2PXT8F8T-02692?func=results-brief
Jim Sullivan 26-Jul-2014 20:20
The Miami Canal did not go to Lake Okeechobee. That project was stopped and abandoned. It'ts been a while since I've examined the photos of the early canal but after the later installed salt water intrusion lochs at 36 street, the canal takes a relatively straight northwesterly route
Shawn Beightol 11-Aug-2013 02:46
I've spent more time this afternoon studying this picture and do not believe it is taken at Musa Isle for 2 reasons: 1) as mentioned below, the angle that the miami canal takes after the bridge in this picture is about 10 degrees greater than the angle the miami canal makes after the 27th ave bridge.

2) if you look closely at the Cardale Tower picture from the shorpy web page, a tower structure can be seen over the penninsula/point formed from the Musa Isle portion of the Miami River and the Miami Canal. This tower is in the wrong place to be the 27th ave bridge and no similar structure appears in this picture. The 27th ave bridge was (by 1921) a swing bridge and not a lift bridge (the swing bridge was moved to the seminole canal/tamiami canal/south river drive/Delaware Parkway crossing in 1941, per The Miami River Commission ’s Urban Infill Working Group (UIWG) minutes of Friday, April 15, 2005. This does not mean that it wasn't a lift bridge prior to 1921, but the tower is still south of the canal where the bridge would need to be.
Shawn Beightol 10-Aug-2013 14:17
I disagree with the attribution. There is no bend in the miami canal of that angle at Musa Isle. This is probably 147th ave running through the Pennsuco sugar plantation before the additional canals were dug along krome. In the background you can see an auxiliary drainage canal intersecting with the miami canal at where Macks Fish Camp is located today (see the treeline).

I wrote an extensive description of alternatives (snapper creek and galloway or snapper creek and old ingram highway) with google map links and archive links, but this deleted the comment because it had hyperlinks.

too bad.
bryharms21-Mar-2012 20:20
This shot is no doubt taken from the top of the Cardale Tower, looking northwest into what was then the beginning of the Everglades. The Miami Canal on the right had just been dug up to Lake Okeechobee, resulting in drainage that moved the edge of the Everglades another 20 miles west.

The North Fork of the Miami River is on the left; the little bridge being today's NW 27th Ave. The South Fork of the Miami River is not visible in this view.