Palm Beach- Back In The Day- Guess Who Trivia!

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Palm Beach Florida- Back In The Day- Guess Who Trivia! 


Palm Beach Florida was really popping in the era between World War I and the Great Depression!

Florida was really the rockin’ out place to be, to party and to live it up. 

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So here are some highlights- trivia you may not know! 



  • Al Capone dreamed of making his home in Boca Raton Florida. He started to settle there but was put into prison. He later settled in Miami where he lived out his years and died of syphilis. 

  • John Dillinger and his gang fired machine guns into the air at a house in Palm Beach on New Year’s Eve of 1933-34. 


  • Hoagy Carmichael was a clerk in a West Palm Beach law firm before he made his fortune in music. 


  • In 1921 President Warren Harding pushed for the creation of the Intracoastal Waterway because he was stranded with some people in a channel near Fort Lauderdale. He never forgot his miserable day in Florida. 


  • The famous Architect who inspired much of Boca Raton and Palm Beach’s homes and shopping centers- Addison Mizner- buried his pet spider monkey ‘Little Johnny Brown’ somewhere on Worth Avenue. For those of you who do not know, Worth Avenue is second only to Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. 


  • Al Capone’s son was arrested in North Miami in 1965 for shoplifting aspirin and flashlight batteries totalling $3.50. 


  • Babe Ruth was staying in Palm Beach in 1930 holding out for the salary of $85,000. He eventually signed a 2 year contract for $80,000 per year which was $5000 more than President Hoover made. This made Babe Ruth the highest paid baseball player in history. 


  • George Gershwin stayed in Palm Beach to write the opera, ‘Porgy and Bess’ in 1935. 


  • In 1929 Boca Raton banned public begging, brawling and stubborn children! 

  • The first radio station in Palm Beach county was WJNO which opened on July 31, 1936. 



Do you have any Palm Beach Trivia to share? 


Make your own mark by selling your house with Nestor and Katerina Gasset- while we all have fun with trivia, there is nothing trivial about getting your house sold! 


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Comments (8)

Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Great trivia there, thank you! I especially like the one about stubborn children being against the law... very interesting!

Nov 15, 2009 11:28 AM
John Mulkey - Waleska, GA
Housing Guru

Lots of interesting info about Palm Beach.  As a kid I vacationed next door in the slums of West Palm with my two aunts.  I loved the place and my Uncle, who was a retired FBI agent, would fill us in on the "scoop" on all the local celebrities.

I did vacation at The Breakers once, but I haven't been there in years. I'm probably wouldn't recognize the place.

Nov 15, 2009 11:47 AM
Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

I had know idea about most of those.  Those are all interesting facts about Palm Beach.

Nov 15, 2009 12:08 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


This is a wonderful blog. A solutely fascinating. Some of the  names are familiar to our Daytona Beach area.

For example, Al Capone had a restaurant in Daytona. His mom lived in Port Orange and her house is still there.

Warren Harding had a home in Daytona, it is still standing there.

Very interesting trivia. You inspired me to do one for our area. Thanks

Nov 15, 2009 12:54 PM
Dan Edwards 425-276-7008
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue - Bellevue, WA

Funny I have banned stubborn children as well. :)  Some really interesting facts about Palm Beach!

Nov 15, 2009 02:09 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Jon- Good idea to do one for your area. I am sure there are some cool trivia about Bike week and Harley Davidson too. People love this stuff, they eat it up so it does make for good blog fodder. I look forward to reading your Daytona trivia. 

Nov 15, 2009 02:24 PM
Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

Katerina, Interesting trivia on Palm Beach. Great idea to do one on our area. Babe Ruth spent some time here as well and we have Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio hanging out too.

Nov 15, 2009 08:40 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Dick and Dixie- Yes, Tampa would have some great nostalgia type trivia! 

Nov 16, 2009 01:01 AM