Remember when Hialeah looked like this? We don’t either, but these old photos are amazing

This is Hialeah Drive at East Second Avenue. There are hardly any cars. Mind blown.
This is Hialeah Drive at East Second Avenue. There are hardly any cars. Mind blown.

Once upon a time, there was a city called Hialeah. There is still a city called Hialeah, of course. Some people will tell you it’s the best city. Others will tell you it’s the worst.

We leave it to you to make up your own mind. But one thing is certain: Looking at old photos of Hialeah is amazing.

Here are a few of the most important facts about the city, some of which we learned about thanks to Flashback Miami:

  1. It was named by a Seminole Indian named Willie Willie and incorporated in 1921.
  2. A hurricane destroyed it in 1926.
  3. Seventy years later Ñooo Que Barato opened
  4. Everybody lived happily ever after

So take a trip back in time with us and revisit some of the things this dynamic Florida city once offered.

So many unique places to live

Hialeah – Misc. (File 1)
Bill Kuenzel Miami Herald

Also, feel free to pave over your front lawn. Go ahead! Seriously. (1957)

Traffic-free streets

11/12/1957: Bob East/Miami Herald: Hialeah Drive at East Second Avenue looking west. Bob East Miami Herald

Speeding cars were not much of a problem. (Hialeah Drive at East Second Avenue, 1957)

A vibrant shopping district

Hialeah – Misc. (File 1)
Undated: Flamingo Shopping Plaza, Hialeah. Miami Herald

Who needs that stupid American Dream mega-mall? (1957)

The Palmetto

Hialeah – Misc. (File 1)
11/12/1957, Bob East/Miami Herald: Palmetto expressway looking North from W 49 St Outside Hialeah. Bob East Miami Herald

The highway that haunts your nightmares used to be a pile of sand. (1957)

A bangin’ nightlife

Hialeah – Misc. (File 1)
9/17/1975, John Pineda/Miami Herald: Hialeah 50th Anniversary. Some of Hialeahs Oldies parade in 50th anniversary. John Pineda Miami Herald

This was a party town long before Flanigan’s arrived. The first Big Daddy’s Liquors opened there in 1959. (1975)

Spirited Hialeah High cheerleaders

Hialeah – High School
Albert Coya Miami Herald

None of them were named Marisleysis. (1962)

Pioneer luncheons

Hialeah – Misc. (File 1)

Whatever is happening in this photo

Hialeah – Misc. (File 1)
Mike O'Bryon Miami Herald

All we know is it happened at Babcock Park, bro. (1976)

 Miss Hialeah pageants were lit

Mike Freeman

Hialeah – Misc. (File 1)
Mike Freeman Miami Herald

The 1965 contestants rocked the stilettos.

So much warehouse space

Hialeah – Misc. (File 1)
11/12/1957, Bob East/Miami Herald: 6800 Block E. 12 Ave Hialeah. Bob East Miami Herald

Some traditions live on. (6800 block of East 12th Avenue, 1957)

The flamingos at Hialeah Park

After an 8-year hiatus horse racing is back at Hialeah Park, the oldest horse racing track in South Florida. Quarter horse racing will begin November 28th with free admission. - A jockey walks his horse on the backside of the track as the famous Hialeah Track flamingos wade in the water, November 21st. CHARLES TRAINOR JR

They were the “Miami Vice”-iest