Date in History:
The current structure known as the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach opened its doors on this date. Originally opened in 1896 and named The Palm Beach Inn, the hotel was part of oil and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler’s East Coast Hotel system which offered places to stay for those traveling on Flagler’s East Coast Railroad. The wooden structure burned down in 1903, but was soon rebuilt. Named the Breakers due to its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, it burned again in 1925 and was finally rebuilt using concrete instead of wood. Some the wealthiest and most influential people in America at the time stayed in the Breakers including the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, the Morgans, and several U.S. presidents. Today the facility still functions as an exclusive hotel and covers 140 acres of prime real estate along the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach County.