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Palm Beach, Florida, USA - The Flagler Trail

Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Palm Beach was established as a resort by Henry Morrison Flagler, who made the Atlantic coast barrier island accessible via his Florida East Coast Railway. The nucleus of the community was established by Flagler's two luxury resort hotels, the Royal Poinciana Hotel and The Breakers Hotel. West Palm Beach was built across Lake Worth as a service town and has become a major city in its own right.

Flagler's house lots were bought by the beneficiaries of the Gilded Age, and in 1902 Flagler himself built a Beaux-Arts mansion, Whitehall, designed by the New York–based firm Carrère and Hastings and helped establish the Palm Beach winter "season" by constantly entertaining. The town was incorporated on 17 April 1911.


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Palm Beach Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

The Flagler Trail
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The Flagler Trail
Beach at the Casino
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Beach at the Casino
Bethesda By-The-Sea, Episcopal Church
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Bethesda By-The-Sea, Episcopal Church
Everglades Club
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Everglades Club
Royal Poinciana from West Palm Beach, Palm Beach. Florida
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Royal Poinciana from West Palm Beach, Palm Beach. Florida
Palm Beach Pier
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Palm Beach Pier
Biltmore Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida
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Biltmore Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida
Donahue Residence
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Donahue Residence
St. Edward's Church
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St. Edward's Church
General View of Beautiful Palm Beach, Florida
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General View of Beautiful Palm Beach, Florida
Sunrise Ave., Looking toward Palm Beach Biltmore Hotel
St. Edwards Catholic Church and New Palm Bea
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Sunrise Ave., Looking toward Palm Beach Biltmore Hotel
St. Edwards Catholic Church and New Palm Beach Hotel in Foreground
Famous Worth Ave., Palm Beach, Fla.
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Famous Worth Ave., Palm Beach, Fla.
Exclusive Bath and Tennis Club, 1942
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Exclusive Bath and Tennis Club, 1942
Winter Bathing at Palm Beach, 1943
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Winter Bathing at Palm Beach, 1943

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1872 - The first settlers arrive in Palm Beach, then known as "Lake Worth"

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1906
Palmbeach, a post-village and fashionable resort of Dad co., Fla., is on a narrow strip of land between Lake Worth and the Atlantic Ocean, 65 miles N. of Miami, on the Florida East Coast R. Pop. about 300.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
The Town of Palm Beach was incorporated on April 17, 1911.

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1928 - Hurricane
After devastating Puerto Rico, a ferocious storm whips ashore at Palm Beach, Florida. Rain from the hurricane fills Lake Okeechobee, Florida, causing major flooding. In the storm's aftermath, 1,836 people are dead.

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1954 - August 22 - WPTV TV channel 5 in Palm Beach, FL (NBC) begins broadcasting

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2023 - Palm Beach has something for everyone. Here's a diverse list of places to go and things to do in this beautiful area:
Visit Worth Avenue: Known as one of the most iconic shopping streets in the country, Worth Avenue is a must-visit for those looking for high-end shopping, art galleries, and upscale boutiques.

Relax on Palm Beach: Of course, the main attraction is the beach itself. Enjoy the sun, surf, and sand at one of the many public beaches like Midtown Beach or Phipps Ocean Park.

Norton Museum of Art: If you're interested in art, the Norton Museum of Art is a cultural gem. It features an impressive collection of European, American, Chinese, and contemporary art.

Flagler Museum: Explore the Gilded Age history of Palm Beach by visiting the Flagler Museum, located in the grand Whitehall mansion. It provides a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the early 20th century.

Lion Country Safari: Just a short drive from Palm Beach, Lion Country Safari is a unique wildlife park where you can drive through large enclosures and observe animals like lions, giraffes, and zebras in a semi-natural... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Palm Beach, Florida, USA

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