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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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This is area is frequented by locals and tourists alike. Everybody has a "favorite". The saturday farmers market is packed with locals every weekend. It is a vibrant meeting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is area is frequented by locals and tourists alike. Everybody has a "favorite". The saturday farmers market is packed with locals every weekend. It is a vibrant meeting place reflecting the neighbourhoods around it.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Clematis street, wether it is day time, night or late night is a great place for food, drinks and entertainment with lots to choose from.

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New Hope, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Walk, or better yet, take the free Trolley to get an overview. Lots of small shops and many restaurants to choose from.

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Bay City, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Several interesting bars and restaurants spread out along Clematis in downtown WPB. The newer fountain is cool and I believe there is a laser light show held here at night. There are not many stores along here however, so don't expect much shopping. Do that at City Place. Parking is more difficult in this area, too. Worth a visit to... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Crowded.........but one can be very choosy in picking a restaurant on this street.............good variety...................trolley will take you up and down the street...............ride the trolley, look around then choose.

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Alexandria, VA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This may have been a happening place at one time but it is not now. Lots of closed shops, mediocre and uninviting restaurants, and a bit seedy for sure!

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Salem
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

could not believe the great time on March 17th . The street was closed off had a D.J. and Irish dancers very safe and no problems

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Boca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

At one point this street looked like it might become a focal point and magnet for gallery hopping and fine dining. It has become a place for young folks to booze and then puke in the street. No great dining here any longer. We skip it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Walk around, eat drink plentiful...everyone happy here! Great St. Pattys Day venue too...W Palm is now very happening here in SoFla!

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Wellington, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Definitely at night it's the place to go for the clubs, but not much to offer the over 40 group. It needs more upscale restaurants for those with more taste in food.

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