National Register Listings in
Palm Beach County, Florida

Administration Buildings Aiken, Fred C., House American National Bank Building Boca Raton Fire Engine No. 1 Boca Raton Old City Hall Boynton School Boynton Woman's Club Breakers Hotel Complex Central Park Historic District Clematis Street Historic Commercial District College Park Historic District Comeau Building Comeau, Alfred J., House Delray Beach Schools Eastover El Cid Historic District Evans, J.B., House Ferndix Building Flagler, Henry Morrison, House; Whitehall Flamingo Park Historic Residential District Florida East Coast Railway Passenger Station Grandview Heights Historic District Guaranty Building Gulf Stream Hotel Hatch's Department Store Historic Old Town Commercial District House at 1240 Cocoanut Road Hurricane of 1928 African American Mass Burial Site Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Kelsey City City Hall Lake Worth City Hall, Old Lavender House Lofthus (shipwreck) Mango Promenade Historic District Mar-A-Lago National Historic Landmark Marina Historic District Mickens House Milton-Myers American Legion Post No. 65 Northboro Park Historic District Northwest Historic District Northwood, Old, Historic District Norton House Old Belle Glade Town Hall Old Lucerne Historic Residential District Old Palm Beach Junior College Building Old School Square Historic District Osborne School Pahokee High School Palm Beach Daily News Building Palm Beach Hotel Palm Beach Mercantile Company Palm Beach Town Hall Palm Beach Winter Club Paramount Theatre Building Pine Ridge Hospital Professional Building Prospect Park-Southland Park Historic District Rice, Clifton, House Royal Poinciana Way Historic District Seaboard Air Line Dining Car-#6113 Seaboard Air Line Lounge Car-6603 Seaboard Airline Railroad Station Seaboard Coastline Railroad Passenger Station Sundy, John and Elizabeth Shaw, House US Post Office Van Valkenburg, Grant House Vedado Historic District Via Mizner Vineta Hotel Warden, William Gray, House West Palm Beach National Guard Armory, Old
During World War II, the United States established many military bases in Florida, including the famous MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa. These bases played a crucial role in the war effort and helped to establish Florida as a major military state.
Palm Beach County, located in the southeastern part of Florida, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes like the Jaega and Seminole people, who relied on fishing and hunting for sustenance. European contact began in the 16th century when Spanish explorers arrived in the region.

In the late 19th century, Palm Beach County experienced a major transformation with the arrival of Henry Morrison Flagler. Flagler, an American industrialist and real estate developer, extended his Florida East Coast Railway to the area and constructed luxury hotels, including the iconic Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. This led to an influx of wealthy tourists and laid the foundation for the development of many coastal towns and cities in the county.

During the early 20th century, Palm Beach County saw significant agricultural growth, particularly in citrus farming. The favorable climate and fertile soil made it an ideal location for cultivating citrus fruits, and the county became known as a major citrus producer. The industry flourished until the devastating freezes of the 1980s, which severely impacted the local citrus economy.

In recent decades, Palm Beach County has evolved into a thriving metropolitan area. It has become a popular destination for retirees, professionals, and tourists alike, drawn by its beautiful beaches, vibrant arts and culture scene, and year-round sunny weather. The county is also home to numerous golf courses, shopping centers, and upscale residential communities, making it an attractive place to live and visit. Today, Palm Beach County continues to grow and diversify, combining its rich history with modern development.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Palm Beach County, Florida.

  • 1873: Palm Beach County was established on April 30 as part of Dade County.
  • 1909: West Palm Beach was incorporated as a city on November 4.
  • 1911: Palm Beach County was separated from Dade County on April 30, becoming the 47th county in Florida.
  • 1920: Palm Beach County was hit by the Great Miami Hurricane in September.
  • 1928: The 1928 Okeechobee hurricane devastated the region, causing widespread flooding and loss of life.
  • 1959: The first major bridge connecting Palm Beach Island to West Palm Beach was completed.
  • 1966: The Palm Beach International Airport opened in July, providing improved air transport for the county.
  • 1985: The Scripps Research Institute established its headquarters in Palm Beach County.
  • 2008: The Great Recession affected the county, resulting in a decline in real estate values and economic activity.