Geerworth

I went to Geerworth, located in Palm Beach County, on 2/12/2017. 

According to the ghost town website,

Geerworth began in 1921 when H.G. Geer and C.C. Chillingworth (lawyer and father of prominent judge Curtis Chillingworth) developed a 16,000 acre tract roughly 9 miles east of Belle Glade. Most of this land was sold in England and colonized by immigrants. Apparently, at one point, a road led from the Geerworth settlement to the Belle Glade bridge (at Torry Island). This was Route 451, which no longer exists, and possibly never materialized beyond the planning stages. In 1922, the area flooded heavily, drowning the British colony there. The town was re-settled by 1924, and survived many smaller floods the following years. In 1928, Geerworth shared the same fate as Fruitcrest, Gardenia, and many other settlements south of Lake Okeechobee. The 1928 Hurricane flooded and destroyed the entire colony. The death toll of the huricane is estimated at 2300, although the exact figure is unknown. The storm casualties were buried in Pahokee and West Palm Beach, and a monument to their struggle and sacrifice is in Belle Glade. Today no trace exists of Geerworth, which is now part of the great expanse of sugarcane fields in the Glades. By Jim Pike

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