The ‘lost town of Man­go­nia’ stood in present-day North­wood

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Flick said. He said the town soon had a fish­ing har­bor, a post of­fice, a gen­eral store, a church and a school. Flick’s even found ev­i­dence a hospi­tal op­er­ated in what’s now a home.

And there was a promon­tory called Lake Point.

“The for­mer fish­ing vil­lage en­com­passed 31st Court, Liddy Av­enue, Flo­ral Av­enue, 33rd Street, and 33rd Court,” Flick said. He said the vil­lage’s south­ern end ex­tended to to­day’s Cur­rie Park.

All of this was be­fore West Palm Beach of­fi­cially in­cor­po­rated in Novem­ber 1894.

In 1920, de­vel­oper and for­mer West Palm Beach Mayor David F. Dun­kle and his busi­ness as­so­ci­ates in the Pinewood Devel­op­ment Co. bought a large tract of the Gale home­stead and other nearby farms. In 1921, they plat­ted the first phase of “North­wood” in what’s now the south­east­ern sec­tion of Old North­wood.

As early as 1925, Flick says, Dun­kle be­gan push­ing a plan to re­claim land from the In­tra­coastal. That, he said, “es­sen­tially erased Lake Point. The penin­sula ob­vi­ously still ex­ists un­der the fill of what is to­day’s North­wood Shores. The ac­tual cape’s tip co­in­cides with the sea­wall of 3330 N. Fla­gler Drive.”

The present town of Man­go­nia Park, about 2 miles to the north­west, was in­cor­po­rated in 1947. It had ap­plied as Mag­no­lia Park but the state said that name was taken and uni­lat­er­ally as­signed Man­go­nia Park for the nearby lake.

“That ce­mented the for­get­ting,” Flick said July 3. “I’ve talked to old-timers and they’ve for­got­ten about it. It wasn’t in­cor­po­rated, but it had all the el­e­ments of a town. It just got swal­lowed up.”

Flick said the Florida Depart­ment of State has said it likely will ap­prove his planned his­tor­i­cal marker, which would cost about $1,900. He said the as­so­ci­a­tion plans to ask the city to pay for it. He said he also is push­ing for mark­ers at the El­bridge Gale and Ge­orge Gale home­sites.

Flick, mean­while, is pin­ning down the lo­ca­tion of that orig­i­nal post of­fice for the lost town of Man­go­nia. Stay tuned.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CARL FLICK

The North­wood Shores Neigh­bor­hood As­so­ci­a­tion is push­ing for a his­tor­i­cal marker for the lost town of Man­go­nia.

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