Lake Worth, Florida is located in Palm Beach County. The city is named after a local body of water running along its eastern border. The body of water was originally called "Lake Worth" but is now referred to as Lake Worth Lagoon. The lake was named after General William J. Worth, he led U.S. troops in the Second Seminole War.
The first post office according to local tales, was opened by an African American couple in the 1880's. The couple, who were freed slaves, initially named the post office "Jewel."
Lake Worth was incorporated officially in 1912. The profession of many of the original residents was farming, and they had traveled from the south and mid-west looking for better growing opportunities during the winter months. Lake Worth is also home to the Gulf Stream Hotel, built in the 1920's the hotel had been renovated and is listed on the National List of Historic Places.
The city holds the largest Oktoberfest in south Florida and the festival is held every October. The downtown area is also home to the Lake Worth Playhouse and the Museum of the City of Lake Worth.
In 1981, the city of Lake Worth, Florida was home to a substantial portion of Body Heat, a movie featuring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner. The movie filmed its production in downtown Lake Worth. The city is also home to singer Rod Stewart.
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