Trivia from Las Olas history

I really enjoy those completely useless pieces of bizarre knowledge. I can bore people for hours. If you too like snippets of information that are totally useless, or if you too want to bore people with facts about Las Olas, this is for you!

  • In 1974, a Las Olas resident and local bartender, Steve Trotter, went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Ten years later, he repeated the stunt.
  • Mangos Restaurant and Lounge used to be a restaurant called the Seahorse
  • Another restaurant, Tundra, was at one time a gas station
  • Yet another restaurant fact – there used to be a restaurant in a boat moored on the New River near where Hyde Park supermarket used to be. It was called the Ancient Mariner and was closed down due to being the source of an outbreak of hepatitis
  • Another boat, the Amphitrite, was a floating hotel which was blown onto Idlewyld  during the 1935 hurricane
  • The Stranahan House was once a restaurant called the Pioneer House
  • There was no road to the beach in Fort Lauderdale until the Las Olas bridge was completed in 1917. The only way to get to the beach before that was by boat
  • There was a hanging on Las Olas beach in 1929 when a bootlegger (and pirate) was executed at the coast guard building at the end of Las Olas Boulevard
  • Fort Lauderdale’s first air service was established on East Las Olas Boulevard in the early nineteen twenties
  • There was a servicemen’s center on Las Olas Boulevard during World War Two
  • Fort Lauderdale’s first permanent resident was Frank Stranahan who moved to what became Las Olas  in 1893, when the major thoroughfare in the settlement was the New River, running parallel to the boulevard

I have lots more but I don’t want to truly bore you 🙂

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    Las Olas Boulevard - there's no other place quite like it. Las Olas offers you the very best in dining, antiques, shopping, fashion, the arts, history and much more.

    Las Olas Boulevard is located just seconds from the beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach and enjoys the wonderful South Florida weather. When you visit us on the boulevard, why not come by boat? The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi will bring you right here.

    We have lots of special events which take place throughout the year and some of the nicest people you'll ever wish to meet are right here. If you're planning a destination wedding, there's no better place.

    The boulevard has a lot of history too. Stay at the Riverside Hotel - built in 1936, or visit the Stranahan House Museum and see where Fort Lauderdale itself began. Enjoy breakfast, at any time of day or night, in the historic Floridian diner. See the Elbo Room, the place featured in Where the Boys Are - the iconic Spring Break movie made in 1960.

    Las Olas Boulevard has something to suit all tastes, all ages and all budgets. Dance the night away or enjoy a quiet drink in a relaxing bar. Experience fine dining in one of our many restaurants, or grab a pizza, sandwich, panini or salad. Enjoy cuisine from all over the world right here. And don't miss the treats we have for you - chocolates, ice creams, frozen yogurts, candies, pastries - all made right here on Las Olas. Eat at a sidewalk café, people-watch, visit our world-class museum of art, take the kids to the science museum for a day of fun, sit and watch the water traffic go by on the New River ... there's so much to do.

    Shop for the finest goods - and bargains too. Our stores sell everything from diamonds to dresses, from gowns to garlic bread!

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