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About:  Matthias Day, Jr. of Mansfield, Ohio, an inventor and newspaper publisher bought 2144 acres along the Halifax River in 1871 and founded a small community.

Unfortunately he couldn't keep up the mortgage payments and lost the property in 1872. His name stuck, however, when the residents voted to incorporate in 1876 as the city of Daytona. By the close of the century the Halifax River had been bridged, Henry Flagler had run narrow gauge railroad track through and several shallow draft vessels plied the river. Hotels and boarding houses filled with beach lovers and Daytona gained a national reputation as a resort. Early in the new century racing those new-fangled automobiles on the hard-packed sand evolved from a blistering 57 MPH standoff between an "Olds" and a "Winton" to Sir Malcolm Campbell's world record 245 MPH in 1931. A regular beach racer, Bill France, realized that the sophistication of modern auto racing demanded more than the beach could provide and in 1953 started planning a world-class track complex. On February 22, 1959 the first Daytona 500 was held in the new $3 million facility. Today Daytona events are beamed by satellite all over the world. Daytona USA, the museum of racing is a prime tourist attraction. The entire length of the "World's Most Famous Beach" is devoted to the normal seaside pleasures with glitter of a fun resort and the luxury of first class accommodations. From the huge municipal marina to Jackie Robinson Stadium (home of the Daytona Cubs) to four University campuses, to expansive medical centers and the new world headquarters of Ladies Professional Golf Association, there is something here for all. Mentioning a few runs the risk of missing the important. One can hear top performers and even the London Symphony Orchestra at the Peabody Auditorium or see La Boheme at Seaside Music Theater. Visit the marvelous Museum of Arts and Science and dine at hundreds of restaurants for all tastes. Daytona is dedicated to serving the visitor.

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