Monday, December 9, 2013

The Breakers Hotel

The Breakers Hotel, in Palm Beach overlooking the Lake Worth Lagoon, was originally the Palm Beach Inn and opened in 1896. It burned down in 1903 and was quickly rebuilt in 1904. But in 1925 it burned down again and was once more rebuilt - this time out of fireproof concrete instead of wood - in 1926. The magnificent paintings on the ceilings of the 200-foot main lobby were done by a team of seventy-five Italian artisans, brought over to America specifically for the job.

On August 24, 2009 a large creature was caught on tape leaving a wake in the Lake Worth Lagoon as it traveled along, just under the surface of the water. The identity and existence of the creature remains unconfirmed, but all kinds suggestions have been made - ranging from burmese python to sea monster. It's been dubbed "The Muck Monster", but most cryptozoologists are a bit underwhelmed about an alleged creature that no one's actually seen.

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