"Kendall has a history?" you ask. But of course! As one of the highest points along the limestone spine of South Florida, the Kendall area has always been a natural lure for native peoples, panthers, rattlesnakes and other settlers with an interest in staying high and dry. Before the construction of canals, Kendall was a veritable island during the summer, surrounded by sawgrass sloughs and the meanderings of Snapper Creek. The area was named for a London merchant who came to South Dade in the early 1900s to manage the groves he co-owned.
Kendall's first school opened in September 1929, thanks to a petition drive by the area's pioneer families. That was almost 75 years ago, and a lot has changed since then. Kendall School is now the Kenwood K-8 Center. And what used to be the tiny hamlet of Kendall has now become the neighborhood known as Continental Park.
As Kenwood prepares for its 75th Anniversary, we'll be retelling some of the stories of Kendall's past in a series of articles in Neighbors. If you have any stories about the history of Kendall or Kenwood