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 🙂