The Bacchus Club

Bacchus Club Sketch

The Bacchus Club – a sketch by Henry Shaw Wyllie

Situated on the corner of Cordova and Treasury Streets, the Bacchus Club was a house of chance conveniently located just across the street from the Ponce de Leon Hotel’s carriage entrance. Wyllie’s description of the club:

At the corner of these streets is situated the Bacchus Club and Restaurant, which with its luxurious fittings, excellent tables, its choice works of art and many conveniences for whiling away the dragging hours is one of the features of the modern town.

Even though gambling was illegal in Florida, that didn’t stop Henry Flagler from building a gambling club near each of his Florida resorts. He wasn’t alone. Henry Plant – who was developing Florida’s west coast in much the same way Flagler was to the east – also had gambling houses nearby.

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