What’s in a Name?

2012 Boca Raton Aerial

Ever wonder who’s behind the names of some of our roads and parks? Here’s what we know:

BUTTS ROAD: In the 1920s, August H. Butts and his family owned a large bean farm in Boca on each side of Glades Road from I-95 to Florida’s Turnpike. The family ultimately sold much of its land to Arvida Corporation. Today, some of it is Town Center mall, Royal Oak Hills and Boca Square; other parcels were donated to Florida Atlantic University and St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Butts Road runs along the east side of Town Center, a tribute to the family’s contribution to the local economy.

CLINT MOORE ROAD: This road was named after road and paving contractor Clint Moore, who owned land in the western part of the county in the mid-1920s.

Sanborn Square (City of Boca Raton)

SANBORN SQUARE was named in honor of William Sanborn, a dentist from Detroit, who owned that plot of land and eventually deeded it to the city.

PALMETTO PARK ROAD was named after the “Palmetto Park Plantation,” a property owned by Harley Gates, Boca’s first judge. His house was on the northwest corner of what is now Palmetto Park Road and the Intracoastal Waterway.

JUDGE WINIKOFF ROAD is named after Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey A. Winikoff, the “unofficial mayor of West Boca,” who died in 2008.

LYNN UNIVERSITY is named after its major benefactors, the late Eugene M. Lynn, and his wife, Christine, who is still active with the university.

ROGERS CIRCLE: No one knows the answer to this one. Do you?

YAMATO ROAD is named for Boca Raton’s famed Japanese pineapple farmers known as the Yamato Colony, founded in 1904. The colony disbanded in the late 1930s.

Mizner Park

MIZNER EVERYTHING: Boca is Mizner-ville, with many buildings named after society architect Addison Mizner, who put Boca on the map with his grand Cloister Inn (now the Boca Raton Resort & Club), which he built in the late 1920s, at the onset of the Florida land bust.

JAMES A. RUTHERFORD PARK is named for the city’s first recreation director, who later became city manager.

This story is from the May/June 2019 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.