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West Palm Beach At Night
Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
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"West Palm Beach at Night"
by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
The Flagler Bridge joining Okeechobee Road from West Palm Beach
to the island of Palm Beach, shown here just after sunset as dusk settles over the Intracoastal Waterway and the lights on the bridge pop on.
On this particular night, the evening was so calm and balmy,
the water on the waterway reflects the lights of downtown
as the color fades from the sky from a pretty sunset.
When the Royal Poinciana Hotel first opened in 1894,
Flagler�s hotel company brought the houseboat St. Augustine
down from its namesake city as a temporary ferry
between the east and west shores of Lake Worth.
During 1894-96, the train depot was removed
from the West Palm Beach wharf, a 1,200-foot railroad bridge
across Lake Worth was completed, and a lane was added
for pedestrians and wheelchairs.
The train then delivered guests directly to the south side
of the Royal Poinciana Hotel, where an orchestra greeted them.
The wealthiest guests often arrived in their own railway cars,
which were parked on the sidings of the hotel station during their stay.
Whitehall, now operated as the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum,
was completed south of the hotel in 1902, a 55-room winter home
built as a wedding gift to Flagler�s third wife, Mary Lily Kenan.
Mrs. Flagler disliked the noise and smell of the trains next to their home,
and the bridge was moved to the north side of the hotel the next year
where the present day Flagler Memorial Bridge is located.
The bridge now connects Royal Poinciana Way in Palm Beach
to Quadrille Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
December 21st, 2012
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