A Walking Tour of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
by Doug Gelbert
There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. Whether you are preparing for a road trip or just out to look at your own town in a new way, a downloadable walking tour is ready to explore when you are.
Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streets.
Major William Lauderdale commanded a detachment that built "Fort Lauderdale" during the Seminole Wars in the 1838. By 1842 the fort was abandoned and for the next 50 years the area remained completely undeveloped. If William Lauderdale were around today he would be stunned to discover that a major American city was named for him, let alone than 10,000,000 million people each year include his namesake town on their vacation agendas.
Downtown Fort Lauderdale has a similar gaping hole in its heritage. The very first building constructed in town, at the landing of Frank Stranahan's ferry in 1893, still stands and several buildings associated with the town's pioneers are extant. But there are hardly any other buildings constructed before the 1970s to be seen.
With over 100 miles of natural and artificial waterways, Fort Lauderdale likes to fancy itself the "Venice of America" so the natural place to launch our walking tour will be down by the water...
- Doug Gelbert, July 2011
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