The state of Florida witnessed its first major land boom in the 1920s. The land speculation bubble burst in 1926 and fell flat with the Great Depression after 1929. Land investors lauded the exotic image of Florida to northerners, going as far as buying billboards in Times Square to advertise Miami developments. The crash resulted in hundreds of planned communities such as Aladdin, Port Dixie, and Pomello Park being abandoned, or never being fully realized. Commodities poured into the state at such a high rate that the three largest Florida railroad companies cut off all freight, except foodstuffs and basic supplies, from entering the state in 1925. Part of the speculation rested on the image that Florida soil was perfect for growing citrus, and cities such as Orlando and Lakeland grew on the promise of bountiful fruit harvests.