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An elephant walk on the Venetian Causeway — in a different Miami

Circus elephants cross the Venetian Causeway west drawbridge.

Circus elephants cross the Venetian Causeway west drawbridge.

On Jan. 9, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus makes its annual trek to Miami. It will play at American Airlines Arena downtown.

Back in the day, the circus played on Miami Beach, and its annual visit began with an elephant walk from the train tracks downtown east across the Venetian Causeway to the Miami Beach Convention Hall.

This 1960 photograph shows the elephant walk on Jan. 23, 1960. The elephants are heading east, past the drawbridge, where cars are backed up. Causeway emblems are advertised for sale at the causeway office on Biscayne Island.

Near the west shore of Biscayne Bay, you can see a radio tower and turned dirt and buildings. What’s missing? The Miami Herald building. Construction officially began on The Herald building in August 1960, and it opened in March 1963.

IN this photo, you can see the Boulevard Shops, which are still on the Herald property at 14th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, and some other structures.