Cocoanut Grove House Historical

Cocoanut Grove House Historical (HM1TNB)

Location: Palm Beach, FL 33480 Palm Beach County
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N 26° 42.699', W 80° 2.602'

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The Cocoanut Grove House, once Florida's only hotel on the east coast between Titusville and Key West, Stood at this location. The hotel was originally built in 1876 by Elisha Newton "Cap" Dimick as a private residence for his family Dimick was one of the co-founders of Palm Beach. He served in the Florida State Legislature from 1890-1903 and as the town's first mayor after its incorporation in 1911. The Cocoanut Grove House opened as an inn after Dimick added eight rooms to the building in 1880. In 1882, Dimick sold the hotel to Commodore Charles Clark. Approximately 4,500 guests visited the hotel between 1883 and 1895, arriving by the sharpie Illinois, a flat-bottom boat that sailed between the Indian River and Lake Worth. Hotel Guests dined on fish, green turtle, venison, and vegetables for $1.50 a day or $6 by the week. In 1893, Henry M. Flagler, who had decided to extend the Florida East Coast Railroad to Palm Beach, stayed at the Cocoanut Grove House. While visiting he envisioned his famous Royal Poinciana Hotel. Flagler later rented the hotel for his workers while they were building the Royal Poinciana. In October 1893 the Cocoanut Grove House was destroyed by fire.
Year Placed2011
Placed ByThe Seminole Chapter, NSDAR and the Florida Department of State.
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Date Added Thursday, August 11th, 2016 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 595156 N 2954855
Decimal Degrees26.71165000, -80.04336667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 42.699', W 80° 2.602'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 42' 41.94" N, 80° 2' 36.12" W
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Area Code(s)561
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-259 S Lake Trail, Palm Beach FL 33480, US
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