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1950-1959

1950

Population of Florida 2,771,305; Palm Beach County 114,688.

1951

Palm Beach Air Base established on part of PBIA during Korean War.

Air Force Beach established, now John D. MacArthur State Beach. USAF had to have an integrated beach for their airmen because the military had been integrated by President Harry Truman.

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

The Loxahatchee National Wildlife
Refuge before it was re-named in
honor of Arthur R. Marshall.

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is established; re-named after conservationist Arthur R. Marshall after his death.

1953

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

Postcard of Africa U.S.A.

The 177-acre park, Africa U.S.A., opens with free-roaming, African animals. It closes by 1961 because of an infestation of African red tick. It is now the Camino Gardens subdivision.

Area's first television station, WIRK-TV Channel 21 signs on (13 September 1953); it closes down 29 February 1956.

1954

Delray Beach's first radio station, WDBF-Am 1420, goes on air.

WJNO-TV Channel 5 (NBC) signs on; later becomes WPTV in 1956.

1955

WEAT-TV Channel 12 (ABC) signs on; later changes to WPEC.

1956

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

William Holland, Sr. (right) with his
son William, Jr.

Attorney William Holland attempts to enroll his 6 year-old son at the all-white Northboro Elementary School in West Palm Beach, but is denied.

ARVIDA, owned by Arthur Vining Davis of Aluminum Company of America, buys land in Boca Raton including the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

1957

Sunshine State Parkway, now Florida's Turnpike, opens

1958

Pratt & Whitney opens plant on 7,000-acre campus in northwest Palm Beach County to test jet and space rocket engines.

Roosevelt Junior College for African Americans opens.

1929

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

Palm Coast Plaza, first shopping plaza
in Palm Beach County.

Cuban revolution; Glades sugar production increases six-fold in 1960s.

Palm Coast Plaza, first shopping plaza in Palm Beach County opens in West Palm Beach.

 

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