The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach
A history of the Clematis Street District or of West Palm Beach cannot be told without mentioning the name of Henry Flagler. Anyone who has been in Florida for even a short amount of time will recognize the name. It's all over Florida roads, bridges and beaches as well as countless other monuments and museums.
Henry Flagler co-founded Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller and also built the Florida railroad from Jacksonville to Key West. He came to the West Palm Beach area in 1893. After being impressed with the natural beauty of the area, he sought to create the most famous resort in the world, Palm Beach. The resort would be conveniently accessible by his own railroad. He built two major hotels, The Breakers and the Royal Poinciana Hotel (later destroyed by a hurricane). He also built what is now West Palm Beach directly across Lake Worth for the service people who worked on the island and as a commercial district.
Not only is it one of the trendiest places to be today, it also boasts a long and important history. Clematis Street began as the main thoroughfare of West Palm Beach in the early 20th century. It connected the train station on the west with the ferry to Palm Beach Island on the east.
Early 20th Century:
Storefronts logically multiplied and lined each way, as Clematis became the "Main Street" of West Palm Beach. The commuters of the day would traverse Clematis Street and frequent these shops before and after work, much like we do today. It's many older buildings display a fascinating journey through South Florida history.
Automobiles Change Everything
Eventually automobiles, bridges and highways replaced the train, ferry and buggies as the main means of transportation. While once the train station was the link to the outside world, visitors could now arrive via various routes. Okeechobee Boulevard would eventually become the main connection from route 95 over to Palm Beach and Clematis Street would lose its steady flow of passers-by. As the area progressed, suburban sprawl contributed to the growth of metropolitan West Palm Beach, yet the downtown business area remained.
The Downtown Development Authority
In 1967 the Downtown Development Authority was created to impact Downtown's economic conditions, formulate long-range plans for improving the appeal and accessibility of Downtown facilities, promoting their use, providing remedy to any deterioration of Downtown property values, and most importantly, retaining and attracting businesses to Clematis Street.
In short, the DDA works to retain and attract business and to protect the investments of its constituents. Largely due to the Downtown Development Authority Clematis Street is still considered the Main Street of West Palm Beach.
The Future of Clematis Street
The Downtown Development Authority posts the Master Plan on it's website, which reviews the past, present and future of West Palm Beach. To read more, click here.
Information gathered from the Downtown Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. Photographs Courtesy of the Florida State Archives.
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Your face off against O'Shea's Irish Pub near Downtown West Palm Beach / Clematis Street in a mid-week Friendly for bragging rights for now, with both clubs currently competing in different leagues (NSL Florida Premier and Premier respectively).
We hope this cup competition gains traction, and we can add others, whether City Soccer FC, , winners from Liga Bolivia USA & Liga Internacional Fútbol 7 and BASL Soccer- Southeast Florida, or any other West Palm Beach clubs/teams looking to benefit and build interest from/in our community, and share in the competitive ⚽️ entertainment and social events it provides.
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One of the longest running Thursday Night "Dance Music" Events in Palm Beach County at (2nd floor of Sourbon) - 215 Clematis Street - 9pm to 1am - No Cover 21+
Taking it ALL in! Today we enjoyed a nice drive to West Palm Beach to hit the Clematis Street farmers market, then took a quick drive to Palm Beach for lunch at Ta-Boo.
Ta-boo quickly became a haven for its wealthy and well known patrons. Sporting an intimate bar and roll-away roof that allowed dining under the stars, the restaurant drew the likes of John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and other celebrities. Today you might see Rod Stewart, James Patterson or Hoda and Kathy Lee enjoying a casual meal, and now me as well. 🙂
Sandi is the City of West Palm Beach's 700-ton sand holiday tree 😲. Here we're enjoying music and this masterpiece Street
The early bird catches the worm. From 9a-1p on Saturday’s, Clematis Street turns into an outdoor market with lots of activity adjacent to it. What a great way to start the day:
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Two good Clematis Street events tonight:
Lance INlighten Desrouleaux & Band at "The Lab"
Jmartinez + Marco Paez over at Spazio Lounge...
Bday set by Faraz M starting at 11pm... Get there early!
Both events are on the 200 block of Clematis Street
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Happy to show our appreciation for O'Shea's Pub's contribution to our club last season, by having them as a sponsor on our most recent batch of kits.
Likewise, happy to announce Fun Sports, Inc. as their replacement this season and for the foreseeable future.
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Clematis Street's summer interactive fountain show in West Palm Beach starts tomorrow July 8th and will run through August 29th...
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