The City of Opa-Locka was the vision of aviation pioneer, Glen Curtiss. Opa-locka is an suburban community occupying 4.2 square miles in the North-Western area of Miami-Dade County. The area was originally named by the Native Americans “Opa-tisha-wocka-locka” meaning “a big island covered with many trees and swamps” but the name was quickly shorten to Opa-locka.
The City was developed based on the Arabian Nights theme which is evident by the large collection of Moorish type architecture throughout the city and with street names like Sabur, Sultan, Ali Baba, Sharazad, Aladdin and Sesame. Mr. Curtiss and architect, Bernhardt Muller, built 105 buildings with an array of domes, minarets and outside staircases.