The Story and Photos of Arch Creek – Miami, Florida
Arch Creek was an early settlement (and town with hundreds of residents) in Miami-Dade County, Florida, in present-day North Miami. Tequesta Indians thrived here before the first Europeans arrived in the early 16th century. The name is derived from the natural limestone bridge spanning 40 feet (12 m) across the creek. It is part of the Arch Creek Memorial Park at 1855 Northeast 135th Street, on Biscayne Boulevard. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on July 15, 1986.
Unfortunately, due to some internal disputes with the city and city planners who wanted to blow the bridge up to improve area drainage, and then a potential dealership from the Chrysler Corporation (who owned the property in the ’70s) , the original limestone bridge “mysteriously” collapsed. That didn’t sit well with locals and preservationists as many suspected foul play.
So the bridge was eventually restored somewhat, but as you can see in the recent photo above, it differs much from the natural state of the bridge that could’ve been seen like in the photos below. The arch is a little too perfect in the restored “recent” version of the bridge. (Read more here and here)
But you can definitely pass by and see the bridge for yourself at the Arch Creek Memorial Park and check out the museum and trail while you’re there.