COUNTY: Palm Beach
CLIMATE: hot most of the year, mild to cold in winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: anytime, summer will be hot though
No current residents or town remains. In Palm Beach County, take US27 to the intersection of 827 Hillsboro Canal Rd. This is Okeelanta. The only indication you have reached the town is the large sugar processing plant nearby.
REMAINS: Sugarcane fields, no buildings or structures
|Okeelanta was a planned community, started in 1913 by Thomas Will and ostensibly owned and operated under the business name Okeelanta Corporation. The name itself was derived from a combination of Okeechobee and Atlantic. It was meant to become a model example of how the Everglades could be made into successful farming land. Early settlers included R.A. Little, S.A. Hughes, Herman Walker and Lawrence Will. Despite many problems such as floods, freezes, wild animals and mosquitos, by 1920 Okeelanta had 200 residents, a school and town hall. Irish potatoes, corn, beans, tomatoes, and eggplant were grown and shipped out. After surviving more problems thru the 1920s, Okeelanta was flooded and destroyed by the Hurricane of 1928. Thomas Will attempted to rebuild and re-start the community, however due to lack of financial backing The Okeelanta Corporation soon declared bankruptcy and the town was finished. Submitted by: Jim Pike