“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Flagler Park

Flagler Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paige Spence, March 9, 2014
1. Flagler Park Marker

Flagler Park, formerly known as City Park, has been an important public space in West Palm Beach since the founding of the community. The town site for West Palm Beach was laid out in 1893 as a grid pattern of streets running north - south and east - west. The only variation was at the eastern end of Clematis Street, where two angled, short streets branched off to create a triangular, public common area. Over the years, the site has seen a variety of uses. Downtown merchants organized impromptu ball games on the park-like grounds when business was slow. In 1900, a two-story, frame building was donated for use as a reading room and transported across Lake Worth from Palm Beach. It was placed on the southeastern portion of the parcel. The Woman's Christian Temperance Union dedicated a drinking fountain in the Park in 1907. In 1915, a Woman's Club was placed on the parcel. Other amenities were also added to the park, including a shuffleboard court and a bandstand for outdoor concerts. As the City's population expanded during the 1920's, the facilities of the Reading Room were outgrown and a library was built in 1923. It opened in January
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1924, as the Memorial Library, named to honor the dead of World War I. It too was outgrown and was replaced by another library in 1962. In 1994, the library was remodeled and the plaza in front of the library was redesigned, incorporating a triangular, in-ground fountain. This forecourt has become the center of downtown activities, continuing the traditional use of this important civic space.
Erected 1999 by City of West Palm Beach and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-423.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentLandmarks. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1924.
Location. 26° 42.801′ N, 80° 3.02′ W. Marker is in West Palm Beach, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is at the intersection of North Clematis Street and North Narcissus Avenue, on the left when traveling west on North Clematis Street. The marker is east of the fountain at the western point of Flagler Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Palm Beach FL 33401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old St. Ann's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dade County State Bank Building (approx. ¼ mile away); West Palm Beach Fishing Club (approx. 0.3 miles away);
Flagler Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paige Spence, March 9, 2014
2. Flagler Park Marker
Former State of Florida Board of Health Laboratory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Flagler Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cocoanut Grove House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sea Gull Cottage (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Palm Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2014, by Paige Carbon of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 674 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on September 14, 2021, by Greg Madsen of Palm Beach, Florida. Photos:   1. submitted on July 9, 2014, by Paige Carbon of Tampa, Florida.   2. submitted on July 10, 2014, by Paige Carbon of Tampa, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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