The Royal Poinciana, Palm Beach’s first luxury hotel, opened in 1894. Henry Flagler’s railway was still several years away. How did the hotel transport its guests in the early days?
- Mule-drawn trolley
- Converted stagecoach
Answer: A houseboat. Flagler’s company bought the houseboat St. Augustine in, well, St. Augustine. He brought it south so he could more easily transport hotel visitors from the west bank of Lake Worth over to the island. By 1896, the train delivered guests directly to the south side of the hotel, where they were greeted by an orchestra.