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Don Boyd | all galleries >> Memories of Old Hialeah, Old Miami and Old South Florida Photo Galleries - largest non-Facebook collection on the internet >> 1950 to 1959 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view > 1956 or 1957 - Dressel's Dairy Farm (Milam Dairy until 1941) on Milam Dairy Road west of Miami International Airport
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1956 or 1957 - Dressels Dairy Farm (Milam Dairy until 1941) on Milam Dairy Road west of Miami International Airport
1956 or 1957

1956 or 1957 - Dressel's Dairy Farm (Milam Dairy until 1941) on Milam Dairy Road west of Miami International Airport

West of Miami Airport, Dade County, Florida

This is one of my favorite photos to add on this site because Dressel's Dairy Farm was a great place for people of all ages to visit with a great dairy bar open to the public, serving excellent ice cream in cones or sundaes along with great milk shakes and malts. They had tables and stools to sit on outside, a petting zoo with barnyard animals for the kids to pet and ponies to ride and kiddie rides including a train. I have fond memories of going there at least several times with a special girl in 1965 who I've never gotten over and I'm sure others my age also have fond memories of going on their dates there.

The photo was taken over Miami International Airport and is looking west with the airport property at the bottom. On April 10, 2012, I added 5 ground-level photos of Dressel's Dairy to the Attractions gallery in the 1964 time frame that Nancy Joan Booth contributed. The gallery is located at - scroll down to the 1964 time frame.

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Carolyn Layton Hufty 31-Jul-2012 21:10
Thank you Don. This brought many memories of great ice cream, horses and friends. I showed horses with Ricky Dressel(the son of one of the brothers that owned the dairy) and kept my horse down the road at "Greenwood Acres". Ricky was a life long friend and we kept in touch until his passing some years ago. We often spoke of all the fun we had out there in the swamp riding horses and having horse shows at Greenwood Acres. Carolyn Layton Hufty
eddy 08-Jun-2012 23:40
Wish it still was agri. land.not much left of miami's past.I remember my dad hitting a deer after crossing the wooden bridge,which creeked so much i swore it would collapse but it never did,the deer fell down stood back up shuck it off an ran off.
Don Boyd04-Jun-2012 14:59
Thank you for posting, Eddy. I never knew about the New Palm Dairy or that your dad worked there and you lived there. Can you imagine how much all that dairy land would be worth today if it had remained agricultural?

eddy 04-Jun-2012 02:30
To also add their was another dairy farm at 87ave and after nw 25st cross over 1car wooden bridge. it was called New Palm Dairy we lived there in the early 70's, my dad was one of the dairy foremans. my dad told me the farm he worked at was indep. from the dressel's. bringing back great flashbacks of my old miami.
Don Boyd11-Apr-2012 17:43
Guest, you are looking at the old Milam Dairy. Richard and Jerry Dressel purchased the Milam Dairy from R. A. Milam in 1941 and changed the name of the dairy to Dressel's Dairy after the purchase. I didn't know that until I read a 1962 Miami News article about the Dressels selling out to McArthur Dairy - the article is in the 1960's Gallery on my site and the direct link is:

Guest 13-Jan-2012 11:28
Was there ever actually a Milam Dairy? I would imagine there had to be one at some point in Miami's history, no?

If so, does anyone know where was it located? I'd guess somewhere along Milam Dairy Road. I'd love to see a picture of it.
Don Boyd26-Oct-2009 04:28
Rosemary Skipper Harris, Hialeah High Class of 1960, left these comments in the Golden Thoroughbreds Yahoo Group about Dressel's and she gave me permission to repost them here:


"My very first job was at Dressel's Dairy, making milkshakes and dipping ice cream cones. Earned a fair amount of money at that place and absolutely loved it!!!

We lived just down the road, within walking distance of the dairy. It was on Milam Dairy Road....out in the country, cow pastures all along one side of the road! One night, a bunch of us kids (mainly girls) discovered a whole bunch of cows had gotten loose and were in the middle of the road!!! We called the dairy, but in the meantime....good samaritans that we were....we decided to round up the cows for the dairy and keep them safe!!!

NOT!!!!!!! Those cows proceeded to turn on us and chase us down that road!!!!! I have never been so scared or run so fast in my life!!!!! Got in my girlfriend's door, just as one of those cows followed me right up the steps!!!!!! Up close and personal, those are really big animals!!!! LOLOL That ended my cowgirl days forever! LOL

But, oh my, what special memories this has brought back."

Rosemary Skipper Harris, Hialeah High Class of 1960
now in MN
Ben Godwin 31-Aug-2009 07:06
This is GREAT. My Dad was a grocer in SW Miami who purchased most of his dairy products from Mt Dressel. Sometimes the family would drive out to the dairy farm and have super ice cream treats, ride the ponies in the corral and watch them milk the dairy cows. Thanks for rekindling the memories
Randy Burns 27-Nov-2007 01:45
I remember the coo coo, the cows, and the ice cream