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For Memorial Day, Here Are Nine Miami Places That Played A Role In Defending The Nation

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It's Memorial Day weekend in Miami, which means of course barbecues, babes, boat trips to Beer Can Island, and the general avoidance of South Beach (that is of course unless you go to South Beach), overrun as it is by Urban Beach Weekend. In memory of our fallen countrymen, here are nine interesting Miami locales that have played roles in American wars, from the Seminole Wars up through World War II.


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1. Fort Dallas

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404 NW 3rd Street
Miami, FL 33130
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2. Opa-Locka Executive Airport

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15001 NW 42nd Ave
Opa-locka, FL 33054
[Photo by Robin Hill]

3. Lummus Park

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Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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4. Biltmore Hotel & Country Club

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1200 Anastasia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 445-1926
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As many places around Miami converted to war usage during World War II, some of the largest hotels were put into use as hospitals. Mount Sinai, the former site of the Nautilus Hotel, remains a hospital to this day, however the Biltmore, which was a major VA hospital during the war was eventually returned to its original use as a luxury hotel.

5. Port of Miami

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1015 N America Way
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 347-4800
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[Image via Curbed Miami Flickr Pool/Phillip Pessar]

6. Hialeah Park Race Track

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2200 E 4th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33010
(305) 885-8000
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Enola Gay, the mother of Paul Tibbits Jr., the pilot who bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending WWII, and the namesake of his plan, lived in Miami. In fact, Paul grew up in Miami, and—according to his memoir—the day he decided to become a pilot was the day he helped bomb Hialeah Park Race Track and Miami Beach with Babe Ruth candy bars in a publicity stunt.

7. Miami International Airport

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2100 NW 42nd Ave
Miami, FL 33126
(305) 876-7000
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8. Zoo Miami

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12400 SW 152nd St
Miami, FL 33177
(305) 251-0400
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Zoo Miami covers part of the site of Miami's Naval Air Station Richmond, a massive blimp base used to protect Miami from German U-boats during World War II.

9. Bal Harbour Shops

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9700 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
(305) 864-1801
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In patriotic fervor, the entire village of Bal Harbour, then still in development, was leased to the United States Air Corps by the villages's founder Robert C. Graham for $1 a year. Bal Harbour became a tent city for soldiers, with a rifle range where the St. Regis is now. The site of Bal Harbour Shops was a German prisoner of war camp.

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1. Fort Dallas

404 NW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33130
[Image via Wikipedia]
404 NW 3rd Street
Miami, FL 33130

2. Opa-Locka Executive Airport

15001 NW 42nd Ave, Opa-locka, FL 33054
[Photo by Robin Hill]
15001 NW 42nd Ave
Opa-locka, FL 33054

3. Lummus Park

Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
[Photo via Curbed Miami Flickr Pool/ChrisGoldNY]
Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

4. Biltmore Hotel & Country Club

1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

As many places around Miami converted to war usage during World War II, some of the largest hotels were put into use as hospitals. Mount Sinai, the former site of the Nautilus Hotel, remains a hospital to this day, however the Biltmore, which was a major VA hospital during the war was eventually returned to its original use as a luxury hotel.

1200 Anastasia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

5. Port of Miami

1015 N America Way, Miami, FL 33132
[Image via Curbed Miami Flickr Pool/Phillip Pessar]
1015 N America Way
Miami, FL 33132

6. Hialeah Park Race Track

2200 E 4th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33010

Enola Gay, the mother of Paul Tibbits Jr., the pilot who bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending WWII, and the namesake of his plan, lived in Miami. In fact, Paul grew up in Miami, and—according to his memoir—the day he decided to become a pilot was the day he helped bomb Hialeah Park Race Track and Miami Beach with Babe Ruth candy bars in a publicity stunt.

2200 E 4th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33010

7. Miami International Airport

2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126
[Via Curbed Miami Flickr Pool/Searchlight557]
2100 NW 42nd Ave
Miami, FL 33126

8. Zoo Miami

12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177

Zoo Miami covers part of the site of Miami's Naval Air Station Richmond, a massive blimp base used to protect Miami from German U-boats during World War II.

12400 SW 152nd St
Miami, FL 33177

9. Bal Harbour Shops

9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154

In patriotic fervor, the entire village of Bal Harbour, then still in development, was leased to the United States Air Corps by the villages's founder Robert C. Graham for $1 a year. Bal Harbour became a tent city for soldiers, with a rifle range where the St. Regis is now. The site of Bal Harbour Shops was a German prisoner of war camp.

9700 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154