NAME: Venus
COUNTY: Palm Beach
CLIMATE: hot in summer, moderate otherwise
BEST TIME TO VISIT: on protected land, permission needed
COMMENTS: No residents. Site is in a protected scrub area off of US1 between Donald Ross Road and PGA Blvd. This is not the town of Venus in Highlands County.
REMAINS: partial concrete/cement foundation, sand covered railroad bed, possible house foundation
Venus was a stop along the Jupiter & Lake Worth Railway, which ran from 1889 to 1895. It was known as the Celestial Railroad due to it's course from Jupiter to Juno, with stops at Venus and Mars. Primarily the town was used as a loading station and platform for the train. There were many small pineapple farms here, and it was a prime wildlife hunting area. It was said that the population was one man and three cats; the only resident being the town owner J.B. Wells. The Town of Venus was platted in 1893, but none of the lots were sold. Had the railroad not gone out of business Venus would likely have become a fully populated community. Submitted by: Jim Pike

Cement-gravel train station/loading platform foundation, Venus
Courtesy Jim Pike

Close-up of gravel-concrete foundation out in the scrub
Courtesy Jim Pike

Original Celestial Railroad path, now covered over
Courtesy Jim Pike

Celestial Railroad Engine #2 near Venus, Courtesy of the Florida Archives

1890s map showing Venus, with train route
Courtesy Jim Pike

Celestial Railroad train schedule
Courtesy Jim Pike