History of Palm Beach County
inhabited about 1900 by fugitives from justice. [Residents] of the eastern part of the county went to the western part to fish and later when great farming areas came into being many [residents] settled on the high ground of the Everglades section, forming many small towns noted for farming products. One of these towns is aptly named Bean City. The sugar industry has also come into being. Canal Point, another small town in the Glades of Palm Beach County, near the Lake of Okeechobee, was started and centered around the first sugar plant ever opened in south Florida in 1923.
Palm Beach County's self-support is attained through its agricultural development and its climate, which has brought for many years thousands of people from every part of the globe to stay and play in its balmy winter. Palm Beach as a most exclusive winter resort is known all over the world.
State Library of Florida, WPA - Historical Records Survey, County Histories
Brief history of Palm Beach County, Florida collected by the Works Progress Administration's Historical Records Survey.
Note to Researchers: Though the WPA field workers included extensive citations for the factual information contained in these county histories, it should be noted that these historical narratives were produced in the 1930s by federal government employees, and might reflect the inherent social biases of the era.