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This week in history: Major Boynton dies

On May 27, 1911, Boynton Beach founder and namesake Nathan Smith Boynton died in Port Huron, Mich. Boynton was a retired Civil War major when he visited Florida with fellow Michiganian William S. Linton, who founded Delray Beach. In 1895 Boynton bought oceanfront land in the area and built the Boynton Hotel, which was torn down in 1925.

Major Nathan Smith Boynton (Photo courtesy of Port Huron [Mich.] Museum Collection)

The Boynton Hotel and Cottages in the early 1900s (Photo courtesy of the Florida Photographic Collection)

Boynton Beach Hotel (Photo courtesy of Boynton Beach Historical Society)

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Posted in Flashback blog May 23, 2011 at 6:00 am.

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  1. Alan Jurney May 26th 2011

    My Grandfather A.D.Jurney was a blacksmith in West Palm Beach back in 1920 or so. He designed and built the first field pumps that were used by farmers to flood their vegetable fields when cold weather would hit the area.
    He also designed and built a great many wrought iron window guards and gates on Palm Beach mansions in that same time period.

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