Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Little Local History

Calle Ocho (S.W. 8th Street) could be called the "Main Street." Also it is known as Highway 41 or the Tamiami Trial. It was built between 1915 and 1928, the Trial connects southeast Florida with central-west Florida. It received the name Tamiami Trail because it connects Tampa with Miami (Tampa-Miami.)
From the 1930s through the 1950s, S.W. 8th Street was filled with Jewish owed and operated businesses. For the last four decades, its dominant by Cuban business groups.
Currently, the trial known as a main street of parades, protest marches, and the famous Calle Ocho Open House, which takes place on second Sunday of March each year, and stretches deep into East Little Havana.

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