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This week in history: Town of Palm Beach incorporated

On April 17, 1911, two years after Palm Beach County was formed, Elisha N. “Cap” Dimick and Louis Semple Clarke gathered 31 Palm Beach property owners on the steps of the Clarke home to sign the charter incorporating the town. Dimick became Palm Beach’s first mayor.

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John S. Clarke, left, standing on a bridge that crossed one of the many ponds near what is now Barton Avenue and County Road in Palm Beach. The presence of this bridge on John S. Clarke’s property, pictured in the 1890s, shows how swampy portions of the island were before Elisha “Cap” Dimick and others filled in low-lying areas with sand. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County)

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Posted in Flashback blog April 18, 2011 at 6:00 am.

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