Town of Linton Settlement Begins
As many as 14 African American families already living in area petition Dade County School Board for school.
William S. Linton, US Congressman from Saginaw, Michigan, and David Swinton visit area to purchase land from the Gleason family and others.
Florida East Coast Canal completed to Miami.
Linton returns in October, 1895, with small party of settlers to develop town named for himself.
Survey of town completed by E. Burslem Thomson, civil engineer.
First train arrives on tracks built by Florida East Coast RailwaySettlers establish farms to grow winter crop fruits and vegetables for shipping north on the railroad. (Agriculture and cattle ranching continue to be important facet of economy for over 7 decades.)
Henry J. Sterling and family arrive, and start first commissary (trading post or general store) Seminole Indians come to trade there. Trading helps settlers supplement their diet.
Adolf Hofman family moves into new home near the Intracoastal Waterway
African American families organize first church, Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Settlers (of European descent) petition school board and build a school.
Plat map of the Town of Linton recorded in Dade County records.
Town Changes Name
Linton’s mortgages are foreclosed; a few families remain; some purchase their land for a second time from Linton’s creditors.
In November, U.S. Post Office, at request of settlers, officially changes name of town to Delray.
Ladies Improvement Association establishedChapman Inn built by Frank W. and Lucy LaSalle Chapman
Frank Chapman appointed 1st post master
Methodist Church (now Cason United Methodist on N. Swinton Ave.) built at corner S. Swinton & Atlantic Ave.British Freighter, SS Inchulva, sinks off Delray in hurricane with loss of nine men.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church establishedJapanese farmers from the nearby Yamato Colony begin to visit Delray and participate in Delray civic events
Town of Delray incorporates with John Shaw Sundy as MayorBank of Delray chartered with J.L. Troop as president
Bridge built over the East Coast Canal (Intracoastal Waterway)
St. Mathews Episcopal Church organized by Bahamian settlers
End of Settlement/Pioneer Period
U.S. Census counts 1,501 people in Delray
Kentucky House Hotel constructed on Atlantic Avenue
Chamber of Commerce formedKiwanis Club of Delray chartered
Hotel Casa Del Rey built on Atlantic Avenue
Town has 4 newspapers
First Presbyterian Church is formally organized
New high school and gymnasium, designed by Delray’s first registered architect, Sam Ogren Sr., completedAlterepp Hotel (Colony Hotel) developed by Albert T Repp
Destructive September hurricane damages town
City of Delray and Town of Delray Beach merge to form City of DELRAY BEACH
Seaboard Train Station built
School principal S.D. Spady builds Mission Style home in the “Sands” neighborhood.
Gladiolus become one of Delray’s largest crops.Architecture flourishes with building of resort cottage homes for Winter Colony.
Town’s reputation as Artists & Writers Winter Colony grows.
World War II
Local citizens volunteer for the war effort.
Delray is crowded with people stationed at Boca Raton Airfield.
Shipping attacks can be seen from coast.
Naciremas (American spelled in reverse with s added) Club and Delray Voters League founded by African American citizens.
Gladioli Festivals begin.
Delray Affair (art & crafts show) begins.
Delray Beach Historical Society established
Several high-rise condominiums built on Intracoastal-height limits are initiated.
Census population is 19,915
Seacrest High School and George Washington Carver High School merge to become Atlantic High School.
Development grows west of city limits.
Census population is 34,325
Haitian emigration begins in earnest; thousands come to Delray Beach
Citizens and city staff begin working on revitalization.City celebrates Diamond Jubilee (75 years since incorporation).
Four Historic Districts are formed.Pineapple Grove concept is established for N.E. 2nd Ave.
Cason Cottage Museum operated by Delray Beach Historical Society opens in January.Decade of Excellence Bond issue passes (for infrastructure improvements)
Census population is 47,748
Sharing for Excellence in Schools begins.
Restoration of Old School Square begins.
Delray Beach wins All-America City Award.Art & Jazz Event begins monthly on Atlantic Ave.
Expanding & Preserving Our Cultural Heritage (EPOCH) is founded.Sandoway House Nature Center is established.
City wins second All America City award.S. D. Spady Museum opens.
Property values soar, creating pressures on Historic Districts & Historic sites.
Atlantic Avenue becomes a night-time destination.
Increased pedestrian traffic on Atlantic Avenue.
Increased development, such as “New Urbanism” Town House, blocks and mansionization on waterfront property.