I love Daytona Beach. There is a history here that most people over look, and it is easy to miss if you are not walking slowly and taking note of what is here. The city is so much more than the crime statistics, the reputations borne of Spring Break, speedweeks or the motorcycle events. The city is more than the beach. It is the people who live here, and the places they live, and the landmarks from years gone by, either left to tell the story, or forgotten and overlooked. Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I take a group on a stroll thru a section of town to look for the lost memories of the past, and see what the future holds.
For 2014, I chose the corridor bordered by S.Beach St, Bellevue, Live Oak and Segrave.
We met at 1030am at Bethune Point Ball Fields. That was the former site of the old Palmetto Airport, and also where many of our walkers had gone to the circus. There were just short of 30 of us walking. We headed out at 11am, east to S. Beach and then north on Beach St. That corridor took us past lovely original homes from a day when S. Beach street was a thriving residential area just south of the main downtown commercial area of Daytona. This is an old part of town that was thriving even in the late 1800s, and we have several pics from the turn of the century of that area.
South Beach from Gardiner Street, facing North...