Homestead in Florida

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Homestead Historic Downtown District © Smothert1/cc-by-sa-3.0

Homestead Historic Downtown District © Smothert1/cc-by-sa-3.0

Homestead is a city within Miami-Dade County in the U.S. state of Florida, between Biscayne National Park to the east and Everglades National Park to the west. Homestead is primarily a Miami suburb and a major agricultural area. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census.

Homestead was incorporated in 1913 and is the second oldest city in Miami-Dade County next to the city of Miami. It is located approximately 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Miami, and 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Key Largo. The name originates from when the Florida East Coast Railway extension to Key West was being built. The rail line was passing through an area opened up for homesteading, and as the construction camp at the end of the line did not have a particular name, construction materials and supplies for the workers were consigned to “Homestead Country”, shortened to “Homestead” by the engineers who mapped the area. The population was 60,512 at the 2010 census. Homestead and neighboring South Miami-Dade County communities bore the brunt of Category 5 Hurricane Andrew on August 24, 1992.

Boca Chita Lighthouse © flickr.com - Daniel Reichert/cc-by-sa-2.0 Redland Hotel, included in the National Register of Historic Places © Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0 Seminole Cafe and Hotel, included in the National Register of Historic Places © flickr.com - Phillip Pessar/cc-by-2.0 Seminole Theatre © Daniel Schwen/cc-by-sa-4.0 Homestead Historic Downtown District © Smothert1/cc-by-sa-3.0 Homestead-Miami Speedway © flickr.com - Jared Smith/cc-by-sa-2.0
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Seminole Cafe and Hotel, included in the National Register of Historic Places © flickr.com - Phillip Pessar/cc-by-2.0
The city of Homestead is located near the southern terminus of the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike where it ends at its junction with U.S. 1. Homestead is immediately north and east of Florida City, and these two cities comprise the greater Homestead-Florida City area. Some of the notable unincorporated communities in the area are Redland, Leisure City, Naranja, and Princeton.

The original Homestead Air Force Base was once located several miles to the northeast of Homestead, but due to annexation of formerly unincorporated land immediately to the east and northeast of the original city limits during the late-1990s the city and the far southwestern perimeter of the (now) Homestead Air Reserve Base share a common border for a small portion along SW 137th Avenue (Speedway Boulevard).

A noteworthy tourist attraction within Leisure City is Coral Castle, built by a jilted lover, Edward Leedskalnin, over the course of 28 years from 1923 to 1951. The Fruit and Spice Park is also of interest.

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