Cauley Square, history in the middle of nowhere.
written by wilfredo dominguez
It all started like everything else back then...with agriculture, a railroad, and laborers.
Human conglomerates in the United States boomed around the railroad and South Florida is not the exception to the rule.
Back in the day, the Redlands were the heart of South Florida. Agriculture flourished in the area. Thus, the area fed the big city up north. A more efficient way to move agricultural products around was badly needed, though.
Henry Flagler and his railroad came to the rescue and one of the beneficiaries of the new era in agriculture and transportation was <a href="https://www.myfabulousflorida.com/2012/05/cauley-square-homestead-fl.html" target="_blank">William Cauley</a> who was looking for a better way of transporting his own products to the city.
Cauley owned 10 acres of land and was therefor able to solve the logistic problems any major transportation operation implies. Employee housing was built and, with it, bars, and brothels soon filled an otherwise deserted area. Not much time passed before the whole neighborhood gained an ill reputation.
Yet, the Flagler/Cauley bond helped shape the future of South Florida greatly.
Today, Cauley Square is still standing. The old warehouse cum office has stoically resisted the passing of time and visitors now are greeted by stores and restaurants in a lush paradise where peacocks roam freely. There is a lot of history in this place, for sure.
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