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Videos: Sarasota History

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Southside School

Southside School opened its doors to 170 students January 11, 1926, one of several schools built in Sarasota County's land boom of the 1920s. These schools included two richly ornamented Mediterranean Revival style elementary schools along the new Tamiami Trail, Southside and Bay Haven.

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St. Armands Key

St. Armands Key has its roots firmly planted in John Ringling's vision of becoming a beautiful residential area, with a centralized shopping and park feature to attract the well-to-do. What's more, he knew that imported European statuary would add greatly to making this a reality.

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The "Big One" of 1921

In 1921 hurricanes were not named, but the one in October of that year left a lasting impression on those who experienced it. Beginning with rain on Saturday, October the 22nd, the storm left the Sarasota bayfront a shambles by Tuesday.

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Wilson Family Home

In 1907 Dr. Wilson purchased the home located on the southeast corner of Ringling Boulevard and South Orange Avenue from Edgar Ferdon, a local architect. The house was not only the Wilson home, but also Dr. Wilson's medical office.

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