Carl G. Fisher "He carved a great city out of a jungle."

Carl Graham Fisher was born on January 12, 1874 in Greensburg, Indiana. After amassing his fortune through the manufacturing of automobile headlamps, he took his talents to Miami Beach in 1914, and through his real estate developments, helped established a new resort city.

These images and many more can be found in the Miami Beach Digital Archives and City of Miami Beach collections in the dPanther repository of FIU, as well as from the physical collections at HistoryMiami.

Miami Beach Digital Archives - http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpanther/items/itemdetail?bibid=MB00000224&vid=00001#dvFilePanel

Miami Beach Digital Archives - http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpanther/items/itemdetail?bibid=MB00000224&vid=00001#dvFilePanel

Carl Fisher loved playing and watching polo, and built polo field on several of his Miami Beach hotels.
Despite his severe astigmatism and visual impairments, Carl Fisher was an avid sportsman.
Fisher Island through the years
Miami Beach Hotels built by Carl Fisher: the Nautilus, the King Cole, the Lincoln, and the Flamingo Hotels.

Nautilus Hotel - Miami Beach Digital Archives - http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpanther/items/itemdetail?bibid=MB00000104&vid=00001#dvFilePanel

King Cole Hotel -- Miami Beach Digital Archives -http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpanther/items/itemdetail?bibid=MB00000104&vid=00001#dvFilePanel

Lincoln Hotel - Miami Beach Digital Archives - http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpanther/items/itemdetail?bibid=MB00000087&vid=00001

Flamingo Hotel - Miami Beach Digital Archives - http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpanther/items/itemdetail?bibid=MB00000224&vid=00001

Miami Beach Digital Archives - http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpanther/items/itemdetail?bibid=MB00000224&vid=00001

Fisher Building, now commonly known as the Van Dyke Building

Miami Beach Digital Archives - http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpanther/items/itemdetail?bibid=MB00000224&vid=00001

Carl Fisher's pet elephant Rosie became a celebrity unto herself.

HistoryMiami, Carl Fisher Papers

Firestone letter - HistoryMiami, Carl Fisher Papers

Firestone image - Miami Beach Digital Archives -http://dpanther.fiu.edu/dpanther/items/itemdetail?bibid=MB00000224&vid=00001

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