Peters

Peters is located in Miami, Florida (Miami-Dade County). I went here on 9/25/2015.

According to the Ghosttown website,

In 1896, settler Tom Peters came to the area south of Miami hoping to capitalize on its rich soil and fertile land. By the following year, he had started what would become a phenomenally successful tomato industry. He was very innovative in developing fertilizers for the soil and devising a packing and shipping method that would keep his product fresh during shipment. By 1902, he had built a wooden track railroad, which pre-dated Henry Flagler’s future Florida East Coast Railway. Peters track spanned 4 miles, leading from the town of Peters to the town of Cutler. The rail cars were pulled by mule and could move two cars trips per day, with a combined load of approximately 1,000 crates of tomatoes. Tom Peters became known as “The Tomato King” and is crediting with starting south Dade County’s first multi-million dollar business. The Flagler railroad was built running right thru Peters, which helped business immensely. However, the citrus canker epidemic of 1913 caused many nearby orange groves to be sprayed with pesticides, burned, and destroyed, all of which had a negative impact on the tomato fields and the south Florida agricultural industry itself. The Hurricane of 1926 destroyed much of the South Dade area, followed by the Great Depression. Tom Peters went on to own Miami’s prestigious Halcyon Hotel, but the town of Peters did not recover. In 1948 it was annexed into neighboring Perrine and ceased to exist. By Jim Pike

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