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Play South Florida version of ‘Where’s Waldo’

Today we’re playing a version of “Where’s Waldo?” Recently we came across a map of Florida, dated 1921. Its origin and source are unknown.

The most interesting aspects: entities that weren’t there then but are now, as well as some that were there then but aren’t anymore.

Click on the map below for a larger version (and then click on it again for a super-large version) to take a closer look and see how many you find before you read on.

Florida Map 1921.jpg

The most obvious missing feature: Martin County. Palm Beach County extends to Sewall’s Point, where it meets St. Lucie County. Portions of the two counties would split off in May 1925 to form Martin County.

Also missing: Indian River County. It formed the same day.

Boca Raton is spelled as one word. Actually, it was Bocaratone when it incorporated Aug. 2, 1924; it began using the “Boca Raton” spelling May 5, 1925.

The “beach” in “West Palm Beach” isn’t capitalized. Riviera Beach is one word, and one that other maps also misspell: Riveira.

The map also shows Yamato, the pineapple colony founded by Japanese settlers. It was gone by the 1930s.

A town called Prairie shows up between “Riveira” and Jupiter.

“Prairie was a farming community located at about where the RCA plant was built,” frequent contributor L.J. Parker of the Lake Park Historical Society writes. “There had been a sawmill located where the RCA plant now stands. The FEC had a loading spur, Prairie Siding. Prairie became Monet Road and later RCA Boulevard.”

Southern Martin County has a town called Likely. That one we know; we wrote about it in 2006. It was a Florida East Coast Railway stop right about at what’s now the northern boundary of Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

And Likely was the original name of the Hobe Sound development. The stop was long gone by the time Camp Murphy, the state park’s predecessor, was built during World War II. Gomez shows up near Hobe Sound. On July 6, 1815. Florida’s Spanish governor granted Don Eusebio Gomez 12,180 acres; the “Gomez Grant” covers what are now Jupiter Island and Hobe Sound.

Next week: St. Lucie County.

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Posted in Eliot Kleinberg January 27, 2011 at 10:08 am.


3 Replies

  1. Actually, there are many more missing or lost towns that I am researching for my blog. One of my favorites is Ameron. There is an old agricultural map that hangs in the lobby of the Old Key Lime House restaurant in Lantana. That is where I first spotted Ameron, which was between Hypoluxo and Boynton, basically about where Miner Road is today along the Intracoastal. The Tropical Sun has small notes online under the heading “Ameron Amenities.” A recent find I am researching is Modelo – not sure what is there today. These were more “settlements”, but they could have developed into towns. Part of Jupiter once “seceded” and briefly became “Plumoses” to avoid what they felt were high taxes from Jupiter – More to come!

  2. G P Gottfried Jan 28th 2011

    None of the western Palm Beach County communities appear — while Belle Glade wasn’t incorporated until 1925, there were settlements out there in 1921, including Pahokee….

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