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Photos: You won’t believe what Palm Beach Gardens used to look like


As Palm Beach Gardens gets ready to celebrate its 59th birthday on June 20, one thing’s for sure: Northlake Boulevard doesn’t look like that picture above anymore.

The corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Northlake has plenty of commercial development and plenty of (some would say too many) vehicles.

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Here are some other flashback photos.

This is what the former Palm Beach Gardens airport looked like in 1976. It served single engine and twin engine airplanes at the time, as well as pilot training and taxi-charter plane service:

The widening of PGA Boulevard in 1980. It still feels like they’re working on that road, doesn’t it?:

Here’s a picture of the first residence in the PGA National Golf Course estates. It was built by Aspinwall Construction Co. Inc for Mr. and Mrs. Al Mates and their three children:

Remember when a stretch of the north side of PGA Boulevard was known as “Billboard Alley”?:

And, finally, no salute to Palm Beach Gardens would be complete without some pictures of eccentric billionaire John D. Macarthur, the man who owned the land that created the city. Here he is unfurling the wrap off the sign for MacArthur Boulevard:

And taking part in a July 4 girls’ softball game:

And at the monument to him for the city’s 10th anniversary in 1969. The plaque says the city was founded on July 19, 1959, though most reports say June 20. An “engraving” error?



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