Musa Isle Indian Village
by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)
Old timers in Miami tell me that the Everglades essentially began right about where 27th Avenue is today.
Everything west was The Swamp, and land was filled for development over the years until now the sprawl heads out west almost to Krome Avenue.
They say there was a natural rapids or waterfall near where NW 27th Avenue today crosses the Miami River. Just downstream of the waterfall was Musa Isle, and Seminole Indian village that was created as one of Miami's earliest tourist attractions.
I don't think you can see any remnants of the attraction, and I believe it closed in the 1950's. It was on the south bank of the Miami River just east of the current NW 27th Avenue bridge over the Miami River.
Musa Isle featured all kinds of alligator wrestling shows, Seminole dancing, weaving, jewelry, clothing and other hand made items from the Seminole nation.
Only old timers remember the place, but they speak fondly of the simpler days when it was a big attraction.