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“No tears shed as FEC passenger service succumbs”


July 31, 1968: A group of railway fans from Ft. Lauderdale are shown in the parlor car of the last Florida East Coast Railway passenger train to Jacksonville without even a soft drink to toast the last run over rails that used to carry 12 trains each way daily. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)

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Posted in Flashback blog and Our history in photos July 31, 2013 at 9:00 am.

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Our history in photos: All sorts of buses, from minibuses to double-decker omnibuses


The West Palm Beach Trailways station, May 12, 1967 (Palm Beach Post-Times staff photo)


Lake Worth Greyhound Bus Depot, June 15, 1966. The depot was at 20 S. East Coast Ave. according to the 1967 city directory. (Palm Beach Times staff photo)


July 26, 1971: This orange and white jitney-bus took its first busload of official passengers from Lake Worth City Hall this morning for an initial ride before heading out on routes which cover Dixie and Federal highways at 15 minute intervals and the Lake Worth Casino every 30 minutes. From left are Commissioner Max Kleinlein, Mayor F. Kenneth Bradley and Karen Sutherland, Miss Palm Beach County. (Palm Beach Times staff photo)


Oct. 5, 1973: This is “Electrobus,” a batter-powered, short-haul, public transportation vehicle that is pollution-free and travels up to 50 miles before recharge. It will be on display Monday and Tuesday at the Palm Beach Mall and Wednesday at Boca Raton City Hall. The bus in under consideration for use in Palm Beach County. (Palm Beach Post file photo)


Jan. 17, 1975: A little bit of the British Isles arrived in the Palm Beaches when a 1956 Leyland Omnibus was delivered to the Worth Avenue National Bank. Robert Thomas, an employee of Omnibus Promotions, Ltd., drove the vehicle to Palm Beach from Norfolk, Va., after its sea voyage from England. The company has sold 50 of the buses in the U.S. during the past year. (Palm Beach Daily News staff photo)


A Jan. 30, 1975 Palm Beach Daily News story about the bus said “Nude sunbathing may be on its way out, now that passengers sitting in the upper deck of Worth Avenue National Bank’s omnibus are getting a rare glimpse over the walls of Palm Beach estates.”


“Riding the bus when it makes a U-turn in front of Palm Beach Towers is an experience. The turn requires two back-ups, two forwards, and the assistance of (bus hostess) Dorothy and a parking attendant.” (Palm Beach Post staff photo)


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Posted in Flashback blog and Our history in photos July 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm.

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“No pilgrims on this Mayflower”


November 5, 1976: Fishermen may have the reputation of being full of hot air, but these anglers met their match Thursday when the Mayflower, the Goodyear blimp, appeared over the Juno Beach Fishing Pier. The durable helium-filled air ship is on its way to Jacksonville for Saturday’s annual Florida-Georgia football game, according to a Goodyear official in Miami. (Palm Beach Evening Times staff file photo)

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Posted in Flashback blog and Our history in photos June 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm.

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This week in history: West Palm Beach boat service from the Glades begins operation

The tiny pond at the north end of Howard Park was once a basin large and deep enough for barges that carried passengers and crates of produce from the Glades. Regular boat service to the basin began operation on May 17, 1918, but the basin and canal lost favor when a railroad line and motor highway to the Glades opened in the mid-1920s. The 1928 hurricane destroyed the docks and slips.

In 1997 preservationists tried to get the Stub Canal and Turning Basin onto the National Register of Historic Places, but National Park Service denied the application, saying the canal and basin had lost their link to the city’s past. Even without the official National Register designation, the city installed a historic marker in Howard Park.


Glades farmers shipped their vegetables down the West Palm Beach Canal to the Stub Canal that led to the turning basin where there were docks, warehouses and trains to transport the produce to northern markets. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County)

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Posted in Flashback blog May 14, 2012 at 6:00 am.

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Canal not deemed historic

Last week we told you about the turning basin at Howard Park in West Palm Beach and the stub canal that connected it eventually to Lake Okeechobee. Here’s more:

The basin and canal lost favor as a produce and passenger operation when a railroad line and motor highway to the Glades opened in the mid-1920s. The 1928 hurricane destroyed the docks and slips.

State representative and former city commissioner Mary Brandenburg, who lives in the neighborhood, served on the city’s historic preservation board in 1997 and wrote the pitch for getting the canal and basin on the National Register of Historic Places. She says the effort went to the state’s historic preservation board, which opted not to recommend it for the national register, ending that attempt.

But the city did later landscape the area around the pond, and installed a marker in the northwest corner of Howard Park to tell the history of the turning basin, said Joan Goldberg, the city’s cultural affairs adviser.

The pond is also the site of one of only two known on-duty deaths of Palm Beach County firefighters. On June 23, 1941, West Palm Beach Fire Capt. Harry Juergen, 41, drowned when a boat capsized during a training exercise. The other death was in 1967, when Oscar Gustav Strand, 65, of Juno Beach, a firefighter for the area volunteer fire department which is now part of Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, was struck by a motorist as he directed traffic at a brush fire in the northern part of the county.

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Posted in Eliot Kleinberg August 31, 2005 at 11:50 am.

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