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1920-1929

1920

Population of Florida 968,470, Palm Beach County 18,654

Port of Palm Beach opens.

1921

George Washington Carver High School opens in Delray for African Americans.

1923

1856 map close-up shows the location of the two Battles of  Loxahatchee in January 1838

The first sugar mill in operation at
Canal Point, 1920s.

First sugar mill opens in Canal Point.

1924

1856 map close-up shows the location of the two Battles of  Loxahatchee in January 1838

Program for the opening of
Conners Highway, 1924.

Conners Highway (now State Road 80) opens connecting West Palm Beach and Glades, becoming part of the first cross-state highway.

1925

1856 map close-up shows the location of the two Battles of  Loxahatchee in January 1838

An advertisement for Boca Raton
by Addison Mizner's Mizner
Development Corporation, 1925.

Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner establishes the Mizner Development Corporation in Boca Raton with plans to create the "most wonderful resort city in the world." (Boca Raton HS).

Shape of Palm Beach County changes when Martin County is carved from the north end of the county and south part of St. Lucie County.

Passenger Steamship service established at Port of Palm Beach Seaboard Airline Railroad opens to West Palm Beach

1926

South Palm Beach (Boynton) Inlet opens (Boynton Beach Library).

Temple Beth El, first synagogue in area, is founded in West Palm Beach.

Boynton High School opens (Boynton Beach Library)

1927

Radio station WFLA-AM, "The Voice of tropical America" goes on air. It is operated by Addison Mizner's Boca Raton Development Company but ends within a year as Mizner's businesses close.

1928

1856 map close-up shows the location of the two Battles of  Loxahatchee in January 1838

Homes destroyed and flooded in
the Belle Glades area by the
1928 hurricane.

Hurricane damages or destroys much of Palm Beach County. It crumbles dike around Lake Okeechobee, floodwaters kill approximately 3000 people. Second deadliest disaster in U.S. history.

1929

Great depression begins.

Palm Beach Bank and Trust closes (June 1929); by 1930, 12 Palm Beach County banks have failed.

 

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