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Address: Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone Number: +1 561-404-9787
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Activities: Nightlife
Description: The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history...
The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history of the Clematis Street District or of West Palm Beach cannot be told without mentioning the name of Henry Flagler. Anyone who has been in Florida for even a short amount of time will recognize the name. It's all over Florida roads, bridges and beaches as well as countless other monuments and museums. Flagler's Dream: Palm Beach Henry Flagler co-founded Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller and also built the Florida railroad from Jacksonville to Key West. He came to the West Palm Beach area in 1893. After being impressed with the natural beauty of the area, he sought to create the most famous resort in the world, Palm Beach. The resort would be conveniently accessible by his own railroad. He built two major hotels, The Breakers and the Royal Poinciana Hotel (later destroyed by a hurricane). He also built what is now West Palm Beach directly across Lake Worth for the service people who worked on the island and as a commercial district. Clematis Street Not only is it one of the trendiest places to be today, it also boasts a long and important history. Clematis Street began as the main thoroughfare of West Palm Beach in the early 20th century. It connected the train station on the west with the ferry to Palm Beach Island on the east. Early 20th Century: Storefronts logically multiplied and lined each way, as Clematis became the "Main Street" of West Palm Beach. The commuters of the day would traverse Clematis Street and frequent these shops before and after work, much like we do today. It's many older buildings display a fascinating journey through South Florida history. Automobiles Change Everything Eventually automobiles, bridges and highways replaced the train, ferry and buggies as the main means of transportation. While once the train station was the link to the outside world, visitors could now arrive via various routes. Okeechobee Boulevard would eventually become the main connection from route 95 over to Palm Beach and Clematis Street would lose its steady flow of passers-by. As the area progressed, suburban sprawl contributed to the growth of metropolitan West Palm Beach, yet the downtown business area remained. The Downtown Development Authority In 1967 the Downtown Development Authority was created to impact Downtown's economic conditions, formulate long-range plans for improving the appeal and accessibility of Downtown facilities, promoting their use, providing remedy to any deterioration of Downtown property values, and most importantly, retaining and attracting businesses to Clematis Street. In short, the DDA works to retain and attract business and to protect the investments of its constituents. Largely due to the Downtown Development Authority Clematis Street is still considered the Main Street of West Palm Beach.
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An amazing destination that has something for everyone!

I am lucky enough to live on this street. Since I have lived locally Most of my adult life I have seen the ups and downs of Clematis Street throughout the years. Some years it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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South Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

I am lucky enough to live on this street. Since I have lived locally Most of my adult life I have seen the ups and downs of Clematis Street throughout the years. Some years it was seedy and no one wanted to get anywhere near it. In the past 3 years since I have relocated here I have seen an... More 

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Lancaster, PA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
8 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

So much fun to shop and eat on Clematis. There's a great vibe out there and it's so pretty too...right by the water with all kind of pretty Christmas lights strung over the street, and the palm trees strung with lights as well. Thursday nights are so much fun as there is a live band out by the water with... More 

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Cliffside Park, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Try Grease for an excellent hamburger. Lunch is better than dinner because it gets crowded at night and is noisy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Many choices for restaurants and music entertainment, including Bradleys, Don Ramon's and Irish bar. Thursday evenings are especially fun

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New Milford, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Beautiful place to stroll,shop and a wide varity of restautants and a great night life. Even a place with a mechanical bull. Fun to watch.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Great place to have fun by the water. On Thursday nights, you must check out Clematis by Night. Local entertainment by the fountains.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Clematis street section is the heart of downtown WPB. Great place to walk and pop into the little shops and cafes for good food and drinks. And it's fun to people watch. Go to the east end of the street and you are on the waterfront with docks that you walk out over the water. Especially nice and romantic... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Clematis Street is very crowded with a lot of younger people at night. Most of them are doing a lot of drinking and bar hopping.

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Lake Wales, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Great street with lots to do. Always seems to be something going on and lots of variety for everyone' young and old.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

If you are visiting west palm beach and want to find a good area to walk around and pick a restaurant, Clemantis St. is it. On Saturday mornings, the farmers market is at the end of the street and always worth a trip. There are also several coffee shops and brunch places along the street. If you are around in... More 

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