Richmond Heights, Florida

At the dawn of World War II, the United States Navy purchased 2,500 acres of land in southwestern today’s Miami-Dade County for the construction of an airship base. It was owned by the Richmond Timber Company. It was named Naval Air Station Richmond, after the lumber company, and was home to the 25 ships of ZP-21(Patrol, Airship Squadron 21 and Airship Wing 2). Following the war, a Pan American pilot named Captain Frank C. Martin purchased farm land adjacent to the base. He made his home available for weekend social activities, where he often mentioned his dream of building a community theater and expanding the community past 152nd Street.  Martin donated land for parks, two churches (Bethel Baptist & Martin Memorial A.M.E) and the elementary school, which today bears his name.