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South Miami

Miami-Dade County

Year Founded: 1926

History

One of the first pioneers in South Miami was Wilson A. Larkins, who brought his own herd of cattle from Tennessee, opened a dairy, general store, became postmaster, built a telephone line from Coconut Grove to South Miami (then Larkins) and operated the switchboard. Larkins was the name of the community until it was incorporated, then the name was changed to the Town of South Miami. One year later (June 24, 1927), by resolution of the Town Council, the name was changed to the City of South Miami. (For the name derivation, see the City of Miami history.)

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