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City History

Contact the City Historian
Wendy Wangberg
HRWLW@coralsprings.org

JANUARY 2009: Decoding a Primary Source
People who assume that Coral Springs has ‘no history’ don’t realize that there are more records for this City’s founding and development than for neighboring towns of the same era or older. They don’t have the picture and paper trails that form the chronicle of a city. W.C.I. (successor to Coral Ridge Properties, the City’s developer) recently moved out of its Heron Bay office, leaving behind 36 volumes of property and sign approvals. These ledgers are the ultimate primary source for historians- written materials that are created contemporaneously with events such as diaries, newspapers or registers. These ledgers reveal the City’s master plan. More...
NOVEMBER 2008: What’s in a name?
The Historical Advisory Committee recently sorted through a box of hundreds of Coral Ridge Properties photographs. A large portion of the collection featured images of model homes from the 1960s and 1970s. More...
OCTOBER 2008: Not According to Plan
James Hunt, president of Coral Ridge Properties, wanted land with no government restrictions. George Hodapp, Coral Ridge Properties architectural engineer, said Mr. Hunt would have liked to form his own country if he could have. But an ideal city was within his grasp when he purchased property in northwest Broward County, to be named Coral Springs. He began with a blueprint so seemingly perfect everything should have gone according to plan. It didn’t. More...
SEPTEMBER 2008: What’s Missing?
One would think with 30,000 photographs, 60,000 slides, more than 30 years of newspaper clippings as well as dozens of maps, plats and publications, the City historical collection would be complete. Yet with all this, much of it organized and cataloged, there are holes. More...
AUGUST 2008: You Can Be Sure if it’s Westinghouse
Westinghouse Electric Corporation participated in the last two World’s Fairs in New York City during 1939/1940 and 1964/1965. The fairs were expositions involving dozens of countries and companies that built pavilions and brought their history, art and latest products to exhibit. Tens of thousands of people came to the events. More...
JULY 2008: The Summer of 1971
With a population of fewer than 2,500 and no cable TV, movie theater, mall or Mullins Park, what did people in Coral Springs do back then? They went to a club. More...
JUNE 2008: Where Is History?
Things become history every day. And they are not only on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Wilderness becomes a building site, technology makes equipment obsolete. “New and improved” is a daily mantra so loss of novelty consigns objects to closets or garages, one step closer to off-site storage or the trash. More...
Celebrating 1971
The character of Coral Springs in 1971 is perfectly captured by its new chronicler, The Forum newspaper. All the elements and energy of a new City are reported with youthful enthusiasm - the editor and some reporters were high school students. More...
FEBRUARY 2008: Green Springs
This November Coral Springs will have a weekly Green Market at City Hall. Interested vendors are urged to contact csgreenmarket.com for details. It is a happy irony that this land that was once the biggest green bean farm in the country is, in a small way, going back to its roots. More...
FEBRUARY 2008: Women’s History Month
Coral Springs did not exist 100 years ago but women in South Florida were cleaning house, cooking meals and trying to make a difference. During Women’s History Month, I thought you would like to know what it was like to live here without running water, electricity or a city government. More...