The second 1896 West Palm Beach front fire

Viewers: Last week we started off to tell you about two fires that struck 7 weeks aside in 1896 in the downtown place of West Palm Beach front, integrated just two many years earlier. 

Read last week’s column 

For the leaders of West Palm Beach front, there was only one particular response: rebuild. Now, 125 several years later on after those devastating blazes, a huge, thriving town vindicates their religion.

Here’s much more from our archives, the Historic Culture of Palm Beach front County, and the West Palm Beach hearth division:

West Palm Seaside was established in 1894 and quickly had a populace of far more than 1,000.

A hearth on Jan. 2, 1896, ruined 50 % of the downtown organization segment. The metropolis quickly commenced recovery. But just 7 months later, in almost the exact same spot, disaster would strike yet again.

On Feb 20, a next hearth broke out at about 10 p.m. at Narcissus Road and Clematis Avenue. It was blamed on a “drunken tailor” who knocked about an oil lamp.

In all, 19 businesses had been partly or completely destroyed. Total damage was $40,000. Which is $1.23 million in today’s pounds. Only 15 percent of losses was insured.

While The Palm Beach Post turned 100 in 2016, it wasn’t the first newspaper actually born in Palm Beach County. That distinction goes to a publication called the Weekly Gazetteer, founded 125 years ago.

Yet another sufferer of the February hearth: the area’s 1st newspaper, the Weekly Gazetteer, commenced just three yrs previously. Salvaged devices would be applied for the new Everyday Lake Value News, which debuted Feb. 12, 1897. A decade later on, it would come to be the Palm Beach Daily Information, the “Shiny Sheet.” 

The Gazetteer’s editor, philosophical, mentioned “West Palm Beach” totaled an unfortunate 13 letters.

More Palm Seashore County history 

The young town experienced acquired a lesson from two fires: Wood-frame building was just silly. New making codes expected structures be crafted of stone, brick, or brick veneer. Downtown was rebuilt as fast as components could make their way down to the fledgling metropolis.