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While the beach has historically been a good place for casual wear, the 1910 motorboat races in Palm Beach provided a place to see and be seen, as you can see in this image of the spectators by Bain News Service.

The Palm Beach Motor Boat Regatta was held annually by the Palm Beach Power Boat Association. Palm Beach society and high society from northern states would  set up chairs and umbrellas on Palm Beach to watch "speedy" motor boats race at a speed around 20 miles per hour.

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Located on one of Palm Beach Island’s most exclusive streets, The Flagler Museum is one of the most visited attraction in Palm Beach County. The grand estate, formally known as Whitehall, features more than 100,000 square feet filled with some of the most important Palm Beach history.

The famous landmark was commissioned by the American Industrialist Henry Flagler as a wedding gift to his wife Mary. Henry Flagler is known to be the founder of Standard Oil and an important person in shaping the history of Palm Beach. Flagler commissioned John Carrere and Thomas Hastings to build and design the grand estate. Hastings and Carrere were also the architects for other famous landmarks such as the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City and the New York Public

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Peanut Island is one of the many treasures of the Palm Beach County outdoors. This small island near the mouth of Palm Beach Inlet is known as a Florida wonderland of boats at the sandbar, snorkeling, camping, and kayaking. Most people assume that Peanut Island got its name because of its size or even shape, but its name is actually rooted in its history.

Peanut Island was created in 1918 with material dredged while digging out Palm Beach Inlet for safe passage. It was actually originally called “Inlet Island”, and became known as Peanut Island years later when a plan was made to use it as a terminal for shipping peanut oil. In 1946, the plan was abandoned, but the name “Peanut Island” stuck for good.

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The little beach town of Hobe Sound has quite a few interesting features and tales you may never have heard of. Here are 10 interesting facts about beautiful Hobe Sound:

1. The town was named after the Native American tribe that resided in the area in the 1600s. The Jobe and Tequesta Indians (hence where the neighboring town of Tequesta also got its name) were discovered when a British cargo ship, The Reformation- carrying sugar, rum, beef, and molasses from Jamaica to New England- sank off the north end of the Jupiter Inlet. Captain Jonathan Dickinson and his crew of 25 men befriended the natives and gave Hobe Sound its name in their honor in 1699. 

2. In the early 1900s, Hobe Sound was also known as "Olympia" because the 12,000 acres of the

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Palm Beach County has a long, rich history. Here are a few of the most interesting local museums to see and experience some of that history first-hand.

Flagler Museum

The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, also known as Whitehall, is a Palm Beach landmark that was originally built as a wedding present and winter retreat for Henry Morrison Flagler and his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan. The 75-room Gilded Age mansion, also known as Whitehall, was built in 1902. The building façade is breathtaking even today, with massive marble columns and a red barrel-tiled roof.

Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits and special programs. During your tour, learn

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South Florida has a long and interesting past. If you want to learn about the area’s history, here are a few fun places you can visit.

Battlefield Park 

Known, as one of the most significant Jupiter icons and historical sites is the Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park. Often referred to as the “gateway to the Loxahatchee River,” this park is must-visit site if you have not been and live in the area. 

The history of Battlefield Park shows that there has been prehistoric and historic habitation here dating as far back as the Archaic Period over 5,000 years ago. The park stands to preserve this precious past and educate locals about Jupiter’s rich history. 

Not only does the park boast an impressive story dating back thousands of years but it

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Whether you’re a transplant or a native, there is plenty about South Florida’s history that you probably don’t know. Here are some interesting facts about South Florida’s colorful history.

Florida Houses the Nation’s Oldest City

St. Augustine, settled by Europeans in 1565, is commonly called the nation’s oldest city.

A Great Place for Birding

The Great Florida Birding Trail is a statewide network of 510 wildlife viewing sites found along a flyway for migrating birds.

Florida Houses the Country’s Largest Wetland Area

The Florida Everglades, containing 1.5 million acres of sawgrass, marshes, mangrove forests, hardwood hammocks and wetlands, is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

The Theme Park Capital

Florida

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In 1987, an iron cannon was found by two surfers who reported it to the lifeguard, Peter Leo, on Jupiter Beach. Two days later, the same lifeguard found the cannon while swimming and contacted Captain Dominic Addario, a master mariner and marina owner, for help investigating the mysterious find. Throughout two weeks, they discovered more cannons, then silver “pieces of eight”, rare gold coins, and a 78-pound ingot of silver!

The treasure came from a sunken 1715 “Plate” Fleet (plate referring to the Spanish word for "silver") that was collecting new wealth from the American possessions of the Spanish Empire to transport it to Spain. Upon their route back, the fleet encountered a severe hurricane, causing 10 of its 11 ships to sink offshore near the

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The iconic Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach was founded in 1896 by the industry tycoon Henry M. Flagler. Flagler, one of the great American industrialists started a trend on the island of Palm Beach of elegant properties. Soon after, other industry tycoons and socialites began flocking to the new destination.

Flagler first made his debut on the island with The Royal Poinciana, a six-story hotel on the Intracoastal side of the island. Just two years later, Flagler debuted the premier oceanfront hotel, The Breakers. 

Unfortunately, the hotel had two fires, in 1903 and then again in 1925 and the hotel had to undergo renovations. The second renovations were awarded to New York-based architects and designers, Shultze and Weaver, who would later go on to

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In 1955, author Charles Martyn asked a local bridge keeper to describe the area that is now the Village of Tequesta. The keeper described it as “a jungle.” This intrigued Martyn who then decided to take the bridge keeper on his boat and have him show him the interesting area. After traveling along the Intracoastal, Martyn fell in love with the beauty of the area and its potential. He purchased 86 acres on Jupiter Island and developed upon it the Jupiter Inlet Colony.

While excavating, Martyn’s workers dug up a Native American mound full of artifacts. Martyn has the contents researched and it was discovered the mound belonged to an encampment of Tequesta Indians. The Tequesta Tribe lived in present-day Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties

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