A city of less than two thousand population, with quite broad and regular streets, and unlike those of to-day that tire lined and ornamented with electric lights, telegraph and telephone poles, that give them the appearance of an old cypress swamp, were then lined with the stately and beautiful water oak and magnolia; no electric cars, automobiles, bicycles or paving, consequently one could cross them through the deep, soft sand without being confronted with the dangers that the modern means of travel now impose on people. I found the little city quite a busy one in some lines of business, especially in lumber.
Keene, Otis L.
"Jacksonville, Fifty-three Years Ago,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 1
, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol1/iss4/7