City of Boynton Beach, Florida

Two years before Henry Morrison Flagler built his railroad in 1894, a former American Civil War major named Nathan Boynton moved to this city that now bears his name. Being from Michigan, Boynton was so enthralled with the year-round sunshine and sandy beaches that he built a hotel where he also spent winters with his family. Boynton brought settlers from Michigan and they soon realized that many fruits and vegetables were successful in this climate. Pineapples, tomatoes, mangoes, and citrus fruits were packed in crates and shipped in tons on the new Florida East Coast Railroad.