Mary <I>Bulmer</I> Brickell

Mary Bulmer Brickell

Lancashire, England
Death 13 Jan 1922 (aged 85)
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 12929152 · View Source
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The legacy of Mary Brickell should not be forgotten, for she truly was one of Miami's first pioneers.

She was highly instrumental in developing of one of the most rapidly growing areas of South Florida, and in turn helped mother a metropolis.

Mary Bulmer, the daughter of Lord and Lady Bulmer was born on February 20, 1836 in Yorkshire England.

At the age of three, she and her family moved to Sydney, Australia where she spent her childhood years.

She met her future husband William Barnwell Brickell there, and together they moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1854.

On December 9th of 1870, William Barnwell Brickell sailed into Biscayne Bay at the tiller of his 105-foot yacht Ida along with Mary and their six children, and settled at the site where the old Miami Post Office had been established many years before.

In 1908, William Barnwell Brickell died and Mary Brickell proceeded to develop her beloved Brickell Hammock and the land by the bay later called Millionaire's Row.

She envisioned broad streets with wide paved boulevards dotted with parkways in the center and lights on every street.

On January 10th 1922, Mary Brickell platted and dedicated parkways from SW 1st Avenue to SW 5th Avenue and from SW 23rd Road to SW 27th Road, and began to develop the area known today as "The Roads".

Unfortunately, Mary Brickell passed away just three days later on January 13th, 1922 at the dawn of the gaudy land boom.

She left an estate consisting of real estate, cash, mortgages and unsecured notes amounting to 5 million, and a testament stating, "It is my will that my body shall be burried and forever rest on my home place at Brickell Point".

A bronze bust created in the likeness of Mary Brickell now sits atop a brick monument erected in the center median on Brickell Avenue, just steps from where the City of Miami's birth flourished.

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  • Created by: JR
  • Added: 7 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12929152
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Bulmer Brickell (20 Feb 1836–13 Jan 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12929152, citing Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by JR (contributor 46611110) .