West Palm Beach: 1893 to 1950

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Arcadia, 2006 - History - 127 pages
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West Palm Beach was established in 1894, two decades after pioneers first arrived in the wilderness at Lake Worth. In 1893, Henry M. Flagler, Standard Oil magnate and Florida railroad mogul, finalized plans to extend his Florida East Coast Railroad south in order to turn Palm Beach into a winter playground for the rich. He designed West Palm Beach as the mainland commercial and residential support for his new resort. From its humble beginnings, it has become Palm Beach County's largest city and the seat of government. The city has suffered fires, hurricanes, boom times, and hard times, always emerging triumphantly. This installment of West Palm Beach's fascinating story shares its unique settlement and growth through the end of World War II.

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Jupiter is host to many fascinating stories, including disasterous storms, tragic battles, shipwrecked travelers, railroad disasters, and bootlegging outlaws. Authors Lynn Lasseter Drake and William Carlin White both have strong ties to Jupiter. Drake is a genealogical historian and historical researcher specializing in Jupiter pioneer history. White is a former mayor of Jupiter and a direct descendent of the town's earliest pioneers. Both have contributed their experience and knowledge to create this memorable photographic history of a rich and storied community.

Authors Richard A. Marconi and Debi Murray both have strong ties to Palm Beach County. Marconi has been with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County since 1999, first as an intern and volunteer, and now as the curator of education. Murray is a native of the county. She joined the historical society in 1999 as a research assistant and is now the director of research and archives. The authors have scoured the historical societyas nearly two million photographic images to bring the early history of Palm Beach to life.

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