Pioneers in Paradise -

Pioneers in Paradise

West Palm Beach - the First 100 Years

By Jan Tuckwood, Eliot Kleinberg

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When Henry Flagler came to the Lake Worth region in 1893, he called is "a veritable paradise." And then he had a vision: He would turn Palm Beach into the most highfalutin resort in the world. And he would build a commercial city across the lake "for my help." That city was West Palm Beach. What began as Flagler's servants' quarters soon became a bustling frontier town, as wild as any in the Wild West. And it attracted people every bit as colorful as the Vanderbilts and Astors who visited Flagler's grand hotels in Palm Beach. In its 100 fascinating years, West Palm Beach has survived a boom, a bust, a hurricane that killed 2,000, a war right off its shore, another boom, and a recession. Now it faces perhaps the greatest challenge of all, the revitalization of downtown. Pioneers in Paradise captures the frontier spirit of the people who turned swamp into a city - and the natural beauty that lured them here.

Product code: 9781493042227

ISBN 9781493042227
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H276xW221xS14
No. Of Pages 224
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield