National & Florida Historical Markers

Even if you snoozed during History class back in school, you’ll find National and Florida historical markers in The Palm Beaches fascinating stuff. We’re America’s First Resort Destination, ® Florida tourism went big time here, Seminole War battles took place and mail was delivered barefoot via the beach.

National Historical Markers

The Palm Beaches are a fantastic tropical vacation spot that features a nationally recognized and unique history with close to 70 National Historical Markers.


The History: Views from the top are worth a million bucks. See the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and modern day Jupiter. The light has been shining since 1860, making it No. 1 on the list of historic buildings in The Palm Beaches. All the surrounding land is federally designated as an Outstanding Natural Area, making it one of only eight in the entire U.S.

National Historic Marker Location: Junction of the Loxahatchee River and Jupiter Sound

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The History: “Over at the breakers.” That’s was the rallying call of guests arriving at the Royal Poinciana Hotel circa 1896. They wanted beachfront rooms, in sight of waves breaking onshore at the Palm Beach Inn – now The Breakers. Oil, railroad tycoon and later day-hotel magnet, Henry Flagler, father of tourism in The Palm Beaches and all of Florida had a runaway success on his hands. Today, The Breakers is still setting luxury hotel standards.

National Historic Marker Location: South County Road, Palm Beach

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The History: Launched in 1868, constructed of riveted iron and 222-feet in length, Loftus, was a cargo ship that met an unfortunate end near Boynton Inlet in the winter of 1898. However, it lives on as a highlight in the Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve and an artificial reef of colorful, tropical sea life.

National Historic Marker Location: 175 yards offshore from Boynton Inlet, Boynton Beach


Florida Historical Markers

Florida history is more than just the date air-conditioning became available, and The Palm Beaches have more than 50 Florida Historical Markers.


The History: Yes, there was a toll road before Florida’s Turnpike. New Yorker W.J. Conner came to The Palm Beaches seeking fortunes. He made bundles charging 1.5 cents per mile (it was 1924) for cars to use his newly paved road to Lake Okeechobee. It crisscrossed what is now incredibly fertile farming land. His modern marvel is now U.S. Highway 98/State Road 80 - and free to use.

Florida Historical Marker Location: U.S. Highway 98, near 3rd Street, Canal Point

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The History: The frontlines of the Second Seminole War were right here in The Palm Beaches.  Two major entanglements, Jesup’s Battle and Powell’s Battle, took place in 1838 in what has turned out to be a beautiful, peaceful park. Neither battle had a true clear-cut winner, but the Seminoles remained one of the few unconquered Native American tribes.  

Florida Historical Marker Location: Riverbend Park, Jupiter

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The History: It was the 1880s and no roads connected The Palm Beaches to Miami. But that didn’t stop the US Mail. Rather than sending mail carriers gallantly through the Florida Everglades, to fight off alligators and snakes, a 68-mile route was devised via sandy beachfront, shoes optional of course. The Pony Express may get all the historical fanfare, but I’m sure those mail carriers would have preferred a beach route.

Florida Historical Marker Location: Spanish River Park, Boca Raton

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The Trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage

This trail is a collection of 21 sites across the state offering visitors experiences rich in the history and modern culture of Florida’s native people. The network provides an account of more than 12,000 years of Native American presence and significance, including special interest topics and biographies of individuals. Three of those sites found here in The Palm Beaches.

Photos of the National Florida Markers


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