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Memories of Old HIALEAH, Florida - Historical Photo Galleries and Commentaries - click on image to view and read | MIAMI SPRINGS and VIRGINIA GARDENS Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Support Historic Hialeah Park - racing now through February 17, 2013 | OPA-LOCKA and adjacent areas Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | 1883 to 1919 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 1920 to 1929 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 1930 to 1939 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 1940 to 1949 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 1950 to 1959 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 1960 to 1969 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 1970 to 1999 Miami Area Historical Photos Gallery - click on image to view | 2000 and later Miami Area Photos Gallery - click on image to view | DOWNTOWN Miami, Bayfront Park and Port of Miami Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami and Florida AVIATION Historical Photos Gallery - Airports, Airlines, Aircraft - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area and South Florida MISSILE BASES Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | South Florida SHOPPING CENTERS, STORES, and MALLS Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area HOTELS and MOTELS Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area Tourist and Local ATTRACTIONS Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | 6/15/11 - RIP Mr. Haast! Bill HAAST and the MIAMI SERPENTARIUM Photo Gallery - click on image to view | Miami Area RESTAURANTS, Drive-Ins, Bars, Lounges, Liquor Stores, Clubs, Strip Joints, etc. Gallery - All Years - click to view | Miami Area GROCERY STORES and Food Markets Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area THEATRES and DRIVE-IN THEATRES Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area SCHOOLS, Classes, Teams, Bands, and Clubs Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area INDIVIDUALS and GROUPS Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Miami Area TELEVISION and RADIO PERSONALITIES Historical Photo Gallery - click on image to view | Memories of MUSIC, Radio Stations, Musical Groups and Links to Oldies Videos Photo Gallery - click on image to view | Miami Area CARS, Car Clubs, Car Rental Agencies, Car Dealers, Drag Racing, Auto Shows, Speedways - click on image to view | Miami Area GAS STATIONS Historical Photos gallery - All Years - click on image to view | Old National and Miami Area ADVERTISEMENTS - All Years - click on image to view | Gallery: Do You Remember? - all years - click on image to view | It is spelled Opa-locka, not Opa-Locka, not Opa Locka and not Opa locka - click on image to view gallery | Dade and Broward High School Reunions - Post them here in the comments - click on the image to see planned and past reunions | 2010 - current race/ethnic percentages for Miami-Dade and Broward County High Schools | Eddie Rhodes Riverside Grille, Miami Springs (CLOSED in June 2012) - click on image to view more | Memory Test - where were these photos taken? | Comments from folks who grew up in the 1970's and 80's - click on image to view | VeteranAid.org - valuable information on the little known VA Aid and Attendance Program - click on image to view | Oldest Comments Gallery - August 2006 through July 31, 2008 - closed to new comments - click on image to view | Older Comments Gallery - August 1 thru December 31, 2008 - closed to new comments - click on image to view | Older Comments Gallery - January 1, 2009 thru January 17, 2010 - closed to new comments - click on image to view | OLD Comments Gallery - January 18 thru June 30, 2010 - closed to new comments - click on image to view | OLD Comments Gallery - July 1 through December 31, 2010 - closed to new comments - click on image to view | OLD Comments Gallery - January 1 through June 30, 2011 - closed to new comments - click on image to view | NEW COMMENTS starting July 1, 2011 | Rogues Gallery - photos of our comments gallery contributors - click on image to view | httpuploadpbasecomedit_gallerydonboydmemories_oldcomments4

OPA-LOCKA and adjacent areas Historical Photos Gallery - All Years - click on image to view

The city of Opa-locka was founded in 1926 by famed aviation pioneer Glenn Hammond Curtiss as Opa-tisha-woka-locka, a native Indian word meaning "The high land north of the little river on which there is a camping place." Shortly thereafter the name was contracted to Opa-locka, which was a good thing because even with the contracted name of eight letters and a hyphen, it is mistakenly spelled as OpaLocka, Opa Locka, Opa-Locka, Opalocka, etc. by numerous federal, state and county agencies, Google Maps, local television stations and private companies. The Florida Department of Transportation and Miami-Dade County Public Works can't even get it right on countless street signs and expressway signs which is pretty pathetic because it causes even more people to misspell it because they think those agencies have people who can spell official names correctly. See my other gallery containing numerous photos of misspellings at < http://www.pbase.com/donboyd/memories_opalocka_spelling

This gallery does NOT include photos taken at Opa-locka Executive Airport, formerly known as Opa-locka Airport and Naval Air Station Miami because the airport property was always to the west and north of Opa-locka's city limits. Most of those photos are in the Aviation Gallery at < http://www.pbase.com/donboyd/memories_aviation_opalocka and two photos are in the Cars Gallery because of Opa-locka Speedway which was west of Douglas Road on the Navy's property.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION
1920's - Oriental (sic) Architecture At Opaloca (sic)
1920's - "Oriental (sic) Architecture At Opaloca (sic)"
1920's - entrance to the City of Opa-locka Administration Building (City Hall)
1920's - entrance to the City of Opa-locka Administration Building (City Hall)
1920's - Municipal building (City Hall) at Opa-locka
1920's - Municipal building (City Hall) at Opa-locka
1950's - Marine Drugs in downtown Opa-locka
1950's - Marine Drugs in downtown Opa-locka
1950's - Opa-locka Arabian Nights Parade with a Value Market, Ernie Skog's Camera Store and Grables Bakery in the background
1950's - Opa-locka Arabian Nights Parade with a Value Market, Ernie Skog's Camera Store and Grables Bakery in the background
Early 1950's - matchbook cover for Old Scandia Restaurant in Opa-locka
Early 1950's - matchbook cover for Old Scandia Restaurant in Opa-locka
1955 - Magnolia Sundries and a Mrs. Natt's Bakery truck at 14570 NW 22nd Avenue, Opa-locka, Florida
1955 - Magnolia Sundries and a Mrs. Natt's Bakery truck at 14570 NW 22nd Avenue, Opa-locka, Florida
Late 1950's / early 1960's - the interior of the Old Scandia Restaurant in Opa-locka
Late 1950's / early 1960's - the interior of the Old Scandia Restaurant in Opa-locka
Late 1950's / early 1960's - an article about the Old Scandia Restaurant in Opa-locka
Late 1950's / early 1960's - an article about the Old Scandia Restaurant in Opa-locka
1962 - ad for the Opa-locka Roller Rink from the Opa-locka Cookbook by the Golden Gate Garden Club
1962 - ad for the Opa-locka Roller Rink from the Opa-locka Cookbook by the Golden Gate Garden Club
1962 - advertisement for the Dairy Queen across from J. M. Fields north of Opa-locka on NW 27th Avenue
1962 - advertisement for the Dairy Queen across from J. M. Fields north of Opa-locka on NW 27th Avenue
1960's - matchbook cover for Sandy's Auto Supply on NW 27th Avenue, Opa-locka
1960's - matchbook cover for Sandy's Auto Supply on NW 27th Avenue, Opa-locka