Growing Up Jacksonville
By Dorothy K. Fletcher

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There was no finer place to be a kid than Jacksonville.

Jacksonville during the ‘50s and ‘60s was a wonderful and energetic place for the children who called it home.  The northeast corner of the Sunshine State was the perfect and picturesque backdrop for some of America’s timeless traditions. Mothers belonged to garden clubs, and fathers smoked pipes cigars after supper, while the children frolicked on warm beaches and fed peanuts to Miss Chic, the first elephant at the Jacksonville Zoo. They laced up skates and held hands as they circled the rink of the famous Skateland Roller Rink, wandered down the aisles of books at Hayden Burns Library and crossed the many bridges that crossed the St. John’s River to the wonders on the other sides of town. Join Dorothy Fletcher, former columnist for the Florida Times-Union, as she recounts the memories and adventures of the people who grew up Jacksonville.