Hialeah is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, with a population of 224,669 (2010 census). It is a major municipality within Greater Miami and has the highest percentage of Cuban and Cuban American residents of any city in theUnited States, allowing the Cuban culture to be a distinctive feature of this city. Hialeah is remembered for its entertainment contributions during the “Roaring ‘20s” with the opening of the Hialeah Race Track, nicknamed the “Grand Dame”. The park attracted millions of visitor including the rich and famous and was a playground for the elite. It is also the site of an Audubon Bird Sanctuary famous for its pink flamingos. Since 2009, the park has been going through a major restoration and is now home to Hialeah Park Racing and Casino.
During the late 1950’s, city planners, World War II veterans, and Cuban exiles transformed the city into a diverse working-class community proud of its culture and family-oriented neighborhoods. Because of its location,Hialeah is an important link in the transportation chain and is served by the Miami Metrorail, Tri-rail and Amtrak, along with having access to major thoroughfares. Hialeah is also the city from which Amelia Earhart left on her ill-fated flight around the world in 1937. Photo of Trojans courtesy of Alaen Miranda and Wikipedia in the public domain.