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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Fort Lauderdale airport once home to golfers, hunters

Fort Lauderdale airport once home to golfers, hunters

In the 1920s, it was a nice little golf course, enjoyed by the locals and played by a president — until it was trashed by a hurricane.

On Thursday, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will open its state-of-the art, 8,000-foot south runway and "come a long way from what it originally was," said Merrilyn Rathbun, research director of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.

Here's a look at how the airport morphed from humble beginnings into a 1,465-acre complex with four terminals, 25 airlines, more than 600 flights per day, 12,500 employees and a total annual economic impact of 10.6 billion.

More hunters than...

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