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Boys Rode Bikes To Play In ‘Ghost Town’

William Stafford, whose grandfather owned and published the Lake Worth Leader and weathered the 1928 hurricane, writes all the way from New Zealand to ask about a “ghost town” neighborhood in Lake Worth.
“Captain” Stafford says it’s where Interstate 95 runs now, from 12th Avenue South to 6th Avenue South, just east of the old Seaboard Coast Line, now CSX Transportation.
“As kids in the ’60s, we played amongst the old foundations of homes, covered the cisterns over with beam-supported wood (excellent hide-outs for skipping school), and noticed modern concrete curbing in overgrown and abandoned streets which were sand-sealed with tar.
“A row of mature Australian pines ran along the northern (section) of the abandoned street, and we as kids found many 1920s-style Coca-Cola bottles, telephone and power pole glass insulators from the 1920s, and occasionally a few coins dated between 1915 and 1932 (pennies and buffalo nickels) around the
foundations of the former homes.
“The area is long gone, but as kids on our Schwinn Stingrays in the ’60s it was a pretty neat place to go, minding the rattlesnakes and spiders.
“I know that the west side of Ridge Street was removed for I-95, and the
ghost town went with it.
“But it was an interesting place nonetheless, and the overgrowth, infrastructure and dated remnants of items found placed it around the time Lake Worth was severely damaged by the ’28 storm.”
Beverly Mustaine at the Museum of the City of Lake Worth was as stumped as we were.
Readers: Can you help?

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Posted in Eliot Kleinberg June 25, 2008 at 10:40 am.

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