Hialeah reflects the diversity of the northwest Dade area, and points proudly to the many facets of this growing multi-cultural community. From its strong and steadily-growing business and industrial sector, its wide variety of quiet and stately neighborhoods, its system of neighborhood parks and recreational facilities, and its cultural assets, to the "Grand Dame" of the horse-racing industry, Hialeah Park - Hialeah has it all!
Its Indian name, meaning "High Prairie," evokes a picture of the grassy plains used by the native Indians coming from the everglades to dock their canoes and display their wares for the new comers of Miami. This "high prairie" caught the eye of pioneer aviator Glenn Curtiss and Missouri cattleman James H. Bright who saw its great potential in 1921.
Even in the early "Roaring 20's" Hialeah was the place to be. You could chose from the Spanish sport of jai-alai or greyhound racing. You might even catch one of the silent movies like D.W. Griffith's, The White Rose made at the Miami Movie Studios located in Hialeah. Although the great hurricane of 1926 brought to an end many things it could not quench the spirit of those who knew what Hialeah could be.
In the years since its incorporation in 1925, many historical events and people have been linked with Hialeah. The opening of Hialeah Park in 1925 as a horse track received more coverage in the Miami media than any other sporting event in the history of Miami up to that time and since then there have been countless horseracing histories played out at the world famous 220 acre park.