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West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

El Cid Neighborhood

 
 
El Cid Neighborhood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 3, 2016
1. El Cid Neighborhood Marker
Inscription. In 1876, Benjamin Lanehart homesteaded land that is now the north end of El Cid. He started the first commercial pineapple operation in the area, and this fruit soon dominated the local agriculture. Soon afterward, Elizabeth Wilder Moore settled just south of Lanehart. By the turn of the century, competition and plant disease ruined the pineapple business.

The El Cid Neighborhood was a product of the 1920's Florida Land Boom era. Pittsburgh socialite John Phipps (1874-1958), the son of Andrew Carnegie's partner in U.S. steel, assembled these old pineapple fields to develop the district. Beginning in 1921, independent builders sold expensive Mediterranean Revival and Mission-style homes on most of the available lots. It's proximity to downtown and the shore of Lake Worth attracted affluent business, political and social leaders who dominated the city's development in the 1920's and 1930's. Phipps named his development El Cid after the celebrated medieval Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar. His Moorish enemies called him "Cid", an Arabic word meaning lord. The El Cid District is listed on The National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 1998 by The El Cid Neighborhood Association and The Florida Deptment of the State. (Marker Number F390.)
 
Location.
El Cid Neighborhood Marker looking south on South Flagler Drive image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 3, 2016
2. El Cid Neighborhood Marker looking south on South Flagler Drive
26° 41.432′ N, 80° 2.996′ W. Marker is in West Palm Beach, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker is at the intersection of South Flagler Drive and Pershing Way, on the left when traveling south on South Flagler Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Palm Beach FL 33401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flamingo Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Flamingo Park Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Grandview Heights Historic District (approx. mile away); Site of the Palm Beach Pier (approx. 1.3 miles away); Palm Beach High School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Palm Beach Junior College (approx. 1.5 miles away); Cocoanut Grove House (approx. 1.5 miles away); Flagler Park (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Palm Beach.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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