Now that Miami is coming full circle, and we're getting a huge new downtown train station, this old newsreel preserved by the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives of the demolition of the Florida East Coast Railway's original downtown Miami station seems like kind of a palm-to-forhead moment in Miami history. At the time, annoyed by trains getting in the way of traffic, an old and worn out station building, and basically anything getting in the way of the glorious automobile, Miamians were thrilled to see the old downtown Miami station go. A band played while a wrecking ball tore through the roof.
A reporter interviews spectators, including a young woman who can appreciate the loss of a piece of Miami history even though she didn't know much about it herself, and a Dade County Commissioner only too thrilled to see it go. "I think [the demolition of the station] is a wonderful occasion in the history of this county" he says.
· End of the Line [Wolfson Florida Moving Image Archives]