Miami Beach

Once upon a time, Belle Isle was the only island

John Collins built the first causeway to Miami Beach, a 2.5-mile wooden toll road he cleverly called the Collins Bridge. It opened in 1913, but only after Collins got a $50,000 loan from Carl Fisher (he ended up trading 200 acres of Miami Beach land to Fisher). Until then, you could only reach Miami Beach by ferry. The County Causeway (later renamed the MacArthur) was built between 1917 and 1920.

Read more at the Belle Isle Blog.

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