Explore the History of Hollywood, FL

October 12th, 2018 by

Coconut palm tree on a beautiful sunny summer afternoon in Hollywood Beach near Miami Florida with ocean and blue sky in the background

Take a tour of Hollywood, Florida’s rich history with Toyota of North Miami. We’re happy to show off all this nearby town has to offer, from its origins to attractions you can enjoy today.

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Early Beginnings

In 1920, Joseph W. Young, Jr had a dream of founding a new city known as “Hollywood by the Sea.” The city was built around three circles linked by a broad boulevard. Before its incorporation, he spent millions building the following facilities and attractions:

  • Olympic Salt-Water Pool
  • Resort Hotels
  • Railway Station
  • Country Club

This reputation as a resort town led to Hollywood, FL being known as the “Atlantic City of the South.” Sadly, the Great Hurricane of 1926 (followed by the Great Depression) caused setbacks in Young’s vision. Shortly after his passing in 1934, the city commissioner declared his August 4th, his birthday, a public holiday known as “Founders Day.” This local tradition is still celebrated to this day!

Later Developments

Over the years, Hollywood, FL became known for its sparkling beaches and exciting attractions, as well as rich local traditions which continue to shape the area.

  • The Diplomat Hotel opened in 1958 on Hollywood Beach. It became a destination for entertainers, celebrities, and politicians for years to come.
  • The nearby Seminole Indian Reservation hosted a “Pageant of the Unconquered Seminoles” gathering in 1971 which drew Native Americans from across the country.
  • The Anne Kolb Nature Center has cemented Hollywood’s reputation as the “Diamond of the Gold Coast.” It covers over 1,500 acres of mangrove preserves, a fish nursery ground, and a bird rookery.

Experience Hollywood, Florida’s History

The Hollywood Historical Society offers self-guided tours of the beach and downtown areas. Take a look at their maps which lead you to historic landmark plaques throughout Hollywood. Highlights include the Cavanaugh Apartments, the site of the old Florida Theatre, and the Joseph W. Young Jr. Circle.

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