The first Spring Festival took place in 1898 - and continued for nearly a decade as an annual celebration filled with parades of horse drawn floats covered with flowers and filled with society’s debutants and matrons of stature.
Every imaginable entertainment for the masses seemed to find its way to the city event.
The higher resolution images available are featured on the zoom page - each from the ‘Midway’ of the festival positioned around the US Customs House. There is also a remarkable view of the limestone outcropping called the “Stone Fort”. By 1906 it was leveled for development in the area.