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Historic Banyan Trees
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 26° 48.542 W 080° 05.257
17R E 590676 N 2965609
Quick Description: Located on MacArthur Blvd just north of Northlake Blvd.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 7/15/2016 9:16:07 PM
Waymark Code: WMRP5J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 5

Long Description:
These two Banyan trees (Ficus benghalensis), with a combined limb spread encompassing one-half acre, form the entrance to the City of Palm Beach Gardens. Palm Beach Gardens was developed by insurance magnate and philanthropist John D. MacArthur. He envisioned his 4,000-acre development as a “garden city” for 55,000 people and chose the name Palm Beach Gardens after his initial choice, Palm Beach City, was denied by the Florida Legislature because of its similarity to nearby Palm Beach. The city was incorporated on June 20, 1959, as a “paper town,” meaning that at that point it existed only on paper. To showcase his new community, in 1960 MacArthur purchased an 80-year-old Banyan tree in nearby Lake Park that was threatened with destruction. The tree, weighing 75 tons and with a limb spread of 125 feet, required 1,008 hours of labor and $30,000 to move it to its new home in Palm Beach Gardens. A second, smaller Banyan tree weighing 40 tons, also threatened with destruction, was moved from Lake Park by MacArthur the following year. The trees are featured on the Palm Beach Gardens city shield and stand proudly today at the city’s entrance.
Marker Number: F-720

Date: 2011

County: Palm Beach

Marker Type: City

Sponsored or placed by: Seminole Chapter, NSDAR and the Florida Department of State

Website: Not listed

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