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The Beginnings of Goulds — 11 Comments

    • I believe Richmond Heights was named after the Richmond Naval Air Station, which is where the Goldcoast Railroad Museum is now located. I suspect that Richmond Heights took its name from Richmond Drive, which was named after Samuel H. Richmond so there is an indirect link there, no doubt. I doubt that the founder of Richmond Heights knew the significance of the name, though. If anyone would like to write an article about Richmond Heights, I’d be more than happy to publish it!

  1. Good day, my name is Tangela and I was reading this article and my aunt was telling me about the research that she found. I’m going to Florida (actually she’s my great-aunt) and I’m trying to find out are you talking about my grandfather Preston Lee who was married to Daisy Lee. We all have resided in Goulds, Florida. It Would be nice to know if you were talking about my grandfather.

    • My husband, Charles Burr, Jr.’s grandfather, Raymond Y. Burr, was partner with Mr. Bush in farming out in the glade to the east of Burr and Bush Rd. Theirs were the only 2 houses around in the ‘20s.

  2. Good day, I am Geneva Rolle Wright, raised there in Goulds, Fla. on Old Cutler Road. My grandparents were Mr. Elisha Rolle and Mrs. Olive Rolle, pioneers of the area. Most of the park was their land, very wooded area with many paths to walk through to get to U.S. 1 and Hainlin Drive. Our neighbors were Ms. Collier, Ms. Bowes, Ms. Rachel and Mr. Maycox. Some of the history was told to me about Goulds when I was coming up. It’s amazing how the area has grown.I guess time has bought about a change. Thanks for the information.

  3. Jean Taylor did the best she could with what she had to work with; she spent countless hours driving to people’s homes trying to gather information. My mother and auntie contributed to the information. Peggy Dye was my grandmother and an early settler. Our family is featured in the book. I do not like negative comments about Jean Taylor.

  4. Barbara, I’m sorry you don’t like what I wrote about Jean Taylor. Nonetheless, I stand by my view of her work. I’d direct you to my personal website, where I have a more detailed critique of Jean’s work. Jean’s book is an important starting point but it is not the final word on the history of South Dade and I’m quite sure that if Jean was still alive, she would agree with me.

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