POST TIME: It’s our 19th year! 2018 anniversaries include 1928 storm


Readers: We’re about to enter our 19th year! Post Time began in January 2000. In April, we posted our 900th column. If things work out, we’ll hit 1,000 on March 7, 2019. Thanks for all your support and keep those questions coming.

As always, we start each year with a look at some upcoming anniversaries. Here’s a peek at 2018. We’ll plan to mark these either in Post Time columns or elsewhere in the Post. Let us know if we missed anything!

200 years: First Seminole War; Gen. Andrew Jackson chases Seminoles through Spanish Florida.

125 Years: Henry Flagler lays out the 48-block town site of West Palm Beach. Barefoot mailman service ends. The Weekly Gazetteer, the city’s first newspaper, begins publishing. Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church and Payne Chapel A.M.E. churches are founded for blacks in the Styx. Dade County State Bank, first in the region, is established on Palm Beach.

100 Years: Post office established at Kelsey City, later Lake Park.

90 Years: Seaboard Coast Line’s Orange Blossom Special makes first stop in West Palm Beach. The great 1928 Okeechobee hurricane washes out Lake Okeechobee and kills as many as 2,500, making it America’s second deadliest natural disaster — and likely its most “under-reported” event.

75 Years: Fort Pierce Amphibious Training Base opens. U.S. Navy begins operations at military airport in Stuart, named for a Stuart man who was killed in action in 1942. U.S. government takes over site near Fort Pierce for military air base that becomes St. Lucie County Airport.

60 Years: Palm Beach County Fair, now the South Florida Fair, moves to current location west of Florida’s Turnpike on Southern Boulevard. Pratt & Whitney opens a plant on 7,000-acre campus in northwest Palm Beach County to test jet and rocket engines. Beeline Highway opens. Roosevelt Junior College for blacks opens. Forest Hill, West Palm Beach’s second public high school for whites, opens. Appeals court rules that Palm Beach County must integrate.

50 Years: Palm Beach Atlantic College opens in downtown West Palm Beach.

40 Years: John Donald MacArthur, who founded the city of Palm Beach Gardens, dies. Eva Mack and Ruby L. Bullock are the first blacks ever elected to the West Palm Beach city commission. Helen Wilkes is elected first female mayor.

20 Years: Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter opens. Town of Golfview, bought out for PBIA property, goes out of existence.

10 Years: Palm Beach County’s original courthouse, built in 1916 and restored for $18.9 million from 2002 to 2007, opens as a history museum and home to the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. Tropical Storm Fay drenches Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

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