NAME: Bean City
COUNTY: Palm Beach
CLIMATE: warm most of the year, hot and buggy in summer
COMMENTS: Approximately 6 houses remain. Located near the Palm Beach/Hendry County border off of route 80, along a portion of the original path of Hwy 27 (also called Corkscrew Rd). Road is blocked off just past the townsite.
REMAINS: a few scattered houses and the original Bean City road (Old US 27) in rough shape UPDATE: Only rubble. Signs indicate that demolition began several months ago. Only a swampy area with broken foundations.
Bean City began as one of several farming communities in the Everglades. It was named after its primary crop, string beans. In 1923 the Bean City School opened, and the population consisted mainly of owners, workers, and management of the large vegetable farms and sugar plantations. The town was right along the southern ridge of Lake Okeechobee and was flooded and destroyed in the 1928 Hurricane, with all but one house being demolished. It was somewhat rebuilt over the following years, and by 1936 once more had its own school and received a post office. Following a 1952 school board evaluation the Bean City School was closed, and the post office closed in 1973. The townsite has steadily disappeared in the years following, and today consists of sugarcane fields and a few houses along the old road. Submitted by: Jim Pike

Bean City looking east on old Hwy 27
Courtesy Jim Pike

Bean City former vegetable fields, with current US 27 (route 80) and edge of Lake Okeechobee dyke in the distance
Courtesy Jim Pike

1934 Bean City house
Courtesy Jim Pike

Bean City 1934 abandoned house
Courtesy Jim Pike

End of the road, rest of the Bean City area blocked off
Courtesy Jim Pike

1960 photo of a typical Bean City crop from that time period, with workers in the background.  Courtesy of the Florida Archives