City of Deerfield Beach

History of Deerfield Beach
A passenger train slowly rocks to a stop in the heat of a lazy Florida afternoon. The train takes on water for its passengers, who have stepped down into a nearby field to stretch and gather pineapples growing beside the tracks. As the passengers refresh themselves, it is impossible to ignore the hum of life teaming around them. The air has the fragrant scent of sea mist and flowers. A short while later, the bell sounds on the train alerting passengers to their impending departure. Reluctantly, the travelers return to the train, glancing back at the peaceful and bountiful terrain. This scene was undoubtedly repeated many times in the early 1900s as trains passed through the burgeoning settlement later to be named the City of Deerfield Beach. 

The Citys history begins in 1877, when the first non-native glimpsed at the swamps, dense vines, saw palmetto, wild fig trees, cabbage palms, and pine groves along Hillsboro River which empties into the Atlantic. To the south, Key West and Miami were flourishing villages. To the north, Palm Beach was gaining renown as a fashionable winter resort. By 1890, a few houses appeared along the meandering Hillsboro River, which was named after the Earl of Hillsborough who was granted this land by King George III of England in the late eighteenth century. By the spring of 1896, Henry M. Flagler had extended his Florida East Coast Railroad down the coastline into Miami. The railroad opened up the tropical wilderness, pressing parallel against the Atlantic shore, which until then had been inhabited primarily by local fauna and Seminole Indians who lived inland.

On June 22, 1898 a post office was established at Deerfield, Florida to serve a population of 20 settlers. It is said this name was chosen because of the numerous deer that grazed along the Hillsboro River. This river formed the northern boundary of Deerfield. A narrow wooden bridge crossed the stream west of the railroad, leading to another blossoming settlement: Boca Raton.

The intersection of todays Hillsboro Boulevard and Dixie Highway was the focus of Deerfields businesses in 1910. Dixie Highway was only a nine-foot wide dirt trail. The community was home to four or five stores, a lodge, the post office and the Australian and the Pioneer Hotels. But the key to the villages economy lay at the produce shed adjacent to the railway depot. The farmers brought their vegetables and fruits there for shipment north. Deerfield tomatoes were ranked among the finest harvested in the state. The depot doubled as a site for civic activities. In 1911, the Hillsboro River was dredged and became the Hillsboro Canal, linking Deerfield to Lake Okeechobee 45 miles to the northwest. 

The Town of Deerfield incorporated on June 11, 1925. George Emory Butler, Jr. was elected as the first mayor. 1925 also saw the opening of the first public library, which was serving a population that had climbed to 1,300 residents. In 1939, the name of the town was changed to Deerfield Beach and the population numbered about 1,800. 

Although primarily an agricultural community until the late 1940’s, after WWII tourists began to discover Deerfields scenic oceanfront. The burgeoning tourism industry was evidenced by the new proliferation of hotels and motels along the shoreline. 

1947 marked the formation of one of Deerfield’s most influential civic organizations, the Lions Club. Its first project was establishing Pioneer Park along the banks of the Hillsboro Canal. The Lions cleared the scrub growth and fashioned a picnic area and a baseball diamond complete with stands and barbecue pits. The park has been expanded since to include recreational buildings, boat ramps and lighted tennis courts. To raise funds, the club held several chicken and rib barbecues. The fund-raiser became so popular that it became an annual celebration, now known as Founders’ Day. 

In 1951 the town name was changed to the City of Deerfield Beach. The economy gradually continued to evolve away from agriculture toward tourism. Now the economy is heavily diversified and includes distribution, manufacturing, and office industries in addition to tourism. The sustained year-round population of over 50,000 evidences the strength of the local economy. The City is host to the Womens Professional Volleyball Association Tour and Superboat Power Race and features great recreational programs and green space. The City of Deerfield Beach provides customer-oriented services, which create a quality of life that, encourage residents and employers to enjoy South Florida and prosper in an ever-growing international economy. 

Deerfield Beach Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Deerfield Beach

17 Upminster A # 17 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
1 bed 2 baths 703 sqft $1,950
34 Centennial Ct Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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2 beds 2 baths 1,357 sqft $229,900
641 Nw 38th Ave Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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3 beds 3 baths 1,853 sqft $469,000
299 Durham I # 299 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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1 bed 2 baths 703 sqft $65,000
2231 Woodlands Way # 2231 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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3 beds 3 baths 1,836 sqft $339,000
616 Se 20th Av # 301 Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
2 beds 2 baths 1,201 sqft $2,600
3001 Swansea A # 3001 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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2 beds 2 baths 881 sqft $139,000
4053 Lyndhurst K # 4053 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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157 Westbury I # 157 I Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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664 Se 20th Ave # 2 Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
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410 N Federal Hwy # 217 Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
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2 beds 2 baths 1,002 sqft $289,000
1537 E Hillsboro Blvd # 239 Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
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433 Nw 36th Ave # 433 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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2 beds 2 baths 976 sqft $229,900
316 Markham O # 316 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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2 beds 2 baths 820 sqft $78,000
4785 Sw 14th Pl Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
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3 beds 3 baths 1,386 sqft $245,999

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Deerfield Beach School Data

Deerfield Beach School Districts

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Deerfield Beach Schools

Deerfield Beach Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://deerfieldbeachelem.browardschools.com/
Deerfield Park Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://deerfieldpark.browardschools.com/
Deerfield Beach Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.deerfieldbeachmiddle.org/
Deerfield Beach High School
9-12, public
Quiet Waters Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://quietwaters.browardschools.com/
Saint Ambrose
PK-8, private
Zion Lutheran Christian
PK-12, private
http://www.zion-lutheran.org
Americana College Preparatory School
7-12, private
Deerfield Christian Academy
PK-8, private
Maria’s House Montessori School
PK-1, private
International Prep School
9-12, private
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