MODELLO

NAME: Modello
COUNTY: Broward
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 4
CLIMATE: hot summer, otherwise warm
BEST TIME TO VISIT: anytime, summer will be hot though
COMMENTS: Presently within the town of Dania. In Broward County, take I-95 to Stirling Road (SR 848), head east and you're there. The Modello town name has been re-used at least 3 times in Florida. The present-day Modello is a different town in south Miami-Dade county, not far away from Princeton, which was originally called Modello. Additionally, the 1916 National Map Company map of Florida shows a Modello in the Everglades north of White Water Bay.
REMAINS: none from original pre-1926 Hurricane town
The town of Modello dates back to the 1880ís when much of Henry Flagler's FEC railroad line was laid through the area. Modello is a contraction of Model Land Company, the business name of Flagler's land sales division. Pioneer and developer W. C. Valentine planned out the settlement and Danish families from Chicago moved there in 1898-1899. The town grew to have a general store, schools, and a post office in 1902, with A. C. Frost as Modello's first postmaster. When the Town was incorporated in November 1904, the residents, most of whom were Danes, changed the name to Dania. Early immigrants prospered in tomato farming and by 1910 the Florida East Coast Railway was shipping to northern U.S. cities from "The Tomato Capital of the World". A tomato paste factory was set up in town, contributing to the local economy. By 1912, Dania was a thriving community of almost 1200 people and continued to grow through the 1920ís when the City suffered tremendous setbacks. In 1925, the Dania Hotel caught fire, and the Bank of Dania failed due to embezzlers in the Bankís home office. The 1926 hurricane with its 200 mile-per-hour winds devastated the Town, destroying most of the original buildings. The overwhelming damage prompted residents to vote for annexation to the neighboring City of Hollywood. Thus, Modello was no more. Later on the town reformed as Dania in it's present form. Submitted by: Jim Pike


Modello-Dania rail station 1910s
Courtesy Jim Pike


Modello-Dania Main Street 1912
Courtesy Jim Pike


Modello-Dania Main Street 1912
Courtesy Jim Pike


Modello-Dania after 1926 Hurricane
Courtesy Jim Pike

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