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Our history in photos: Northwood Hotel


Undated Palm Beach Post photo of the Northwood Hotel building at the corner of Northwood Road and North Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. Click here to see the current Google Street View.

We’ll take any guesses as to the date, but it’s probably somewhere in the early 1970s. City directories list the Reis Morgan 5 & 10 Store at 405 Northwood Rd. — right where it is in the photo — until 1975. Before that it was W.W. Mac Co. 5¢ to $1.00.

A 1925 ad in The Palm Beach Post announces the beginning of construction. Click on the image to view a larger version.

From The Palm Beach Post, October 1, 1925.

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Posted in Flashback blog and Our history in photos January 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm.

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You know you’re from Palm Beach County if…

By Tiffini Theisen
Palm Beach Post Social Media Editor

If you use Facebook regularly, you’ve probably seen them. You may even be a member of one of them!

They’re the “You know you’re from” groups that seem to have taken over the social-networking site in the past few weeks.

Naturally, there are several for Palm Beach County. In one of the most active, “You know you’re from Palm Beach County if…”, here are just a few of the local memories that group members have shared:


One of your favorite restaurants was the 391st Bomb Group. (Palm Beach Post file photo)


You loved driving by the Birthday Cake Castle in Lake Worth. (Palm Beach Post file photo)


You hung out at the Carefree Theater on Dixie Highway. (Palm Beach Post file photo)


You remember when there were cows alongside Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach instead of apartments and stores. (Palm Beach Post file photo)


You shopped at the Palm Coast Plaza. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Have a comment? Read others and share yours here at the Community Post on PalmBeachPost.com.

Click here to see the Facebook photo gallery of readers’ memories. Upload your photos to our Facebook gallery, or use the form below and we’ll publish them in HistoricPalmBeach.com’s Facebook gallery!

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Posted in Flashback blog August 15, 2011 at 9:10 am.

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Then and now: The West Palm Beach skyline

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In West Palm Beach skyline in 1900, as pictured in The Palm Beach Post in a 1970 story about the Lake Worth Pioneer Association (click on the image to see the 1970 story in the Google News Archive). The bridge at the far right is the original railroad bridge at Banyan Street, near where the Flagler Memorial Bridge now stands.

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The caption on this photo from the front page of the May 30, 1937, Palm Beach Post, rhapsodizes “the mirror-like calm of Lake Worth frequently reminds world travelers of the rare loveliness of the Grand Canal in Venice in the evening.” Apologies for the quality of the photo. We don’t have a copy of the original in our archives; this one is from microfilm.

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From the Dec. 5, 1937, Palm Beach Post: “West Palm Beach — Palm Beach: The Land Where Summer Spends the Winter.” Click on the image to read more about the panoramic view of downtown.

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From the Dec. 28, 1952, Post-Times: “Today’s edition is dedicated to 58 years of Progress in the City of West Palm Beach — and years to come.” Click on the image to see the entire front page.

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The West Palm Beach skyline in 1998. (Jennifer Podis/The Palm Beach Post)

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Posted in Flashback blog February 1, 2011 at 8:53 am.

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Then and now: Alligator Joe’s and the Everglades Club

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When architect Addison Mizner first saw the site where he would build what became the Everglades Club, the swampland at the west end of Worth Avenue was teeming with alligators — and an unusual fellow. At Alligator Joe’s, one of Palm Beach’s earliest tourist attractions, Warren Frazee (above center), often mistakenly remembered as Joe Frazier, wrestled the large reptiles. Guests at the island’s hotels flocked to see his shows, traveling by bicycle or in a chauffeured, pedal-powered wicker chair with wheels. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County)

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After Addison Mizner’s friend Paris Singer bought the land from ‘Alligator Joe,’ Mizner designed a convalescent center for WW1 veterans on the site. But the center, which opened in 1919, couldn’t attract enough recuperating troops. So Singer turned it into a private resort, the internationally famous Everglades Club.

See more then and now photos in our HistoricPalmBeach.com photo galleries.

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Posted in Flashback blog January 12, 2011 at 6:00 am.

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