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Lake Worth

Palm Beach County

Year Founded: 1913Previously known as: Town of Lucerne

History

A town existed here as early as 1870 and was called Hypoluxo by the Indians. Later, its name was changed to Lucerne. In January 1912, agents for Palm Beach Farms Co., H.J. Bryant, F. E. Bryant and William Greenwood, hired a survey team to plat the town of Lucerne. Bryant and Greenwood of Chicago, Illinois, advertised the land all over the U.S. and Canada. They sold tracts of land for $250, payable at $10 per month. With each purchased tract of land, the buyer would receive a free town site lot. The name Lucerne was changed to Lake Worth when the citizens applied for a post office patent and were told that a town named Lucerne already existed in Florida. Lake Worth comes from the name of a nearby lake, which bears the name of Brigadier General William Jenkins Worth, whose strategy brought the Second Seminole War to a conclusion.

Historical Sites

Name: Gulfstream Hotel
Location: 1 Lake Avenue
Historical Significance: Historic Resort Hotel

Name: Osborne School
Location: 1718 South Douglas Street
Historical Significance: First African-American Public School

Name: City Hall Annex
Location: 414 Lake Avenue
Historical Significance: Historic City Hall

Name: Historic Old Town Commercial District
Location: Downtown Lake Worth
Historical Significance: Historic City Center

Name: College Park National and Local Historic District
Location: Northeast Lake Worth
Historical Significance: Historic Residential Neighborhood

Name: Old Lucerne National and Local Historic District
Location: East Lake Worth
Historical Significance: Historic Residential Neighborhood

Name: Northeast Lucerne Local Historic District
Location: Northeast Lake Worth
Historical Significance: Historic Residential Neighborhood

Name: Southeast Lucerne Local Historic District
Location: Southeast Lake Worth
Historical Significance: Historic Residential Neighborhood

Name: South Palm Park Local Historic District
Location: Southeast Lake Worth
Historical Significance: Historic Residential Neighborhood

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