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Pumpkin Hill, Where Annette and Mylette Vanished in 1974

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Elizabeth Anderson doesn’t believe her daughters are still alive, but without the discovery of their bodies, they’ll also never die.

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In three months in 1974, five little girls between the ages of 6 and 12 disappeared in Jacksonville.

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These are the woods where stories go to disappear.

Reggie Bridges’s Shotgun House, WATG Radio, and the Unofficial Museum of Brooklyn

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For half a century, Reginald Bridges’s 544 square foot shotgun house has hummed with the magnetic density of Brooklyn’s long life. Most much larger houses have lived far less.

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Reggie and Harold operated WATG Radio from the back yard and transmitted via cable across Spruce Street to Brooklyn Park. The station might not have transmitted far, but the whole neighborhood listened.

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Now we’re looking together at a grainy photograph of a little boy in a suit standing on a Brooklyn sidewalk half a century ago. If you could photograph time, you’d have this very photograph.

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San Marco’s Politico Ghosts Still Lingering at The Towne Pump

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After the editor downed 27 shots of Wild Turkey, the Towne Pump hung a plaque on the wall in his honor.

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When the mayor’s press aide was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated after speeding away from the Towne Pump three sheets to the wind early one October afternoon in 1977, Tanzler held a press conference saying he’d ordered his staff to stop drinking on their lunch hours.

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The ghosts of politicos and newspapermen bleed through to our time. Sometimes we notice.

The Cavern Where Dolf James Forges Elegantly Poised Chaos

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This cement-block and masonry industrial building, where matchbooks were manufactured in the 1920s, is exactly the kind of studio Dolf had always wanted. “It was wide open, empty and spooky, and it was a place you couldn’t hurt.”

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His parents moved into the first completed house in a new subdivision outside Washington, D.C. when Dolf was in first grade. When construction work was halted, the streets of unfinished houses introduced themselves to the imaginative first grader as a ghost town playground.

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He says, “The neighborhood was my Erector Set.”

New Story: Night Sweats and Junkyard

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“I never knew about the Night Sweats,” Lane says. He feels like his car took over and drove him straight through death.

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Some cars that check in at Sprint Towing’s storage yard at the dead end of St. Andrews Street South never leave. The stripped corpses of 1950s pickups, 1970s muscle cars, and a long discarded hearse park permanently.

Remembering a Swamp Rose on Silversmith Creek

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Along one of the most polluted waterways in North Florida, I walked with her.

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I’d find references to the Bigelow Plantation and a Spanish land grant inherited by Jean Baptiste Richard, who died in 1810. The sea hag was five years old.

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“That’s right,” she said. She pointed to the single pink flower: “It’s a swamp rose.”

 

New Story: Christmas Eve, Buffalo Soldier’s House and Pseudo-Brooklyn Apartments

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Some of Les Paul Garner’s earliest memories are of running through a line of his friends with the ball, shirtless and exhilarated and sweating in the summer heat, and learning to ride his bike around the corner on Oak Street.

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New condo dwellers walk their AKC-registered dogs past the last Buffalo Soldier’s house in Brooklyn.

New Story: White Shell Fish Camp

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“Flounder got both their eyes on the same side of the face,” Brandy says, and sheepshead fish have “human teeth.”

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When the fishermen pour in, Brandy deals kindly with people. When the people stay away, she marvels at the coordinates shared by angels and crustaceans.

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