Miami, Florida: Frog City (Gone)A tiny town, frog delicacy fondly recalled.
- Was 18 mi. west of Miami, US Hwy 41/Tamiami Trail, at the "Island of Shells."
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Frog City was a small town on US 41, 22 miles west of Miami. It no longer exists. I went looking for it and found only a 6x6 sign on a fenced off, overgrown area; the sign was green, with a frog on it, and the words: "FROG LEGS. Always Fresh." Apparently that is all that is left.
In the early 1970s I lived in Miami. I would dial the operator and ask for "Frog City 22" and be connected to the town's restaurant/post office/gas station. I would make reservations for dinner (frog legs) and drive out there for the freshest, most succulent little frog legs you could suck off the bone. A whole basketful. I remember that the place had autographed b&w photographs of famous people hanging on the walls. The only thing I found out there now was about a mile east, a more modern attraction that held no memories of Frog City at all.[Aila Sundelin, 03/11/2015]
From 1971-74 I worked for Southern Bell Telephone in Hialeah. I recall Frog City needing the assistance of an operator to call the phones in that town. There were only about seven or eight phones in the entire town. I remember single numeral phone numbers. For example, a resident of Frog City's phone number might be "3." While someone was on the phone, anyone in town could pick up their own phone and hear the conversation. There were one or two other tiny towns in Florida with similar "party line" phone service, but I cannot recall their names.[PatPics, 07/30/2012]
No doubt Frog City's famous Sausage Trees were a hot topic of party line conversation.
I have this picture with my great-grandmother in the picture and across the street you can see the sign "Frog City" in the distance, and obviously they are standing under one of the famous sausage trees.[Linda Evans Null, 03/22/2009]
This old photo is stunning on so many levels. Are they staring at the little statue and waiting for it to speak? Guess we'll never know.
Frog City was famous for their unusual welcome sign. It read: Welcome to Frog City- Population 12 (with the 12 crossed out and 11 written under it). The following year, the 11 would be crossed out with the number 9 written under that. And so forth until......well....0. I believe it was one of the first places in S. Fla. to offer swamp buggy rides. It was always a welcomed stop on the empty 41 going west. However, you knew once you reached that point, the Seminole Indian Reservation wasn't too far away.[Susan Weiss McCue, 05/29/2001]
When I was very young, my family took a trip to South Florida. We visited a place called Frog City. I believe it was somewhere off Hwy 41. As I remember it was an Indian Village and had large sausage trees. We went back in the fall of 1997, but the city was nowhere to be found. We drove both hwy 41 and I-75. I know it did exist once because I have a pocket knife with the name Frog City on it. Any clues?[Vicki McCullough, 04/16/1999]
Tipster Chuck Morford answers: Frog City used to be on U.S. 41 about 15 to 20 miles west of Miami, between Miami and Naples. Not sure if it's still there, but a few years ago (maybe 5 or 6) some of the buildings were still standing and there was an old dock that my friends and I used to stand on and catch native tropical fish for our aquariums...