Lake Wales Collection

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Bok Tower Gardens Visitor Center
The Visitor Center at Bok Tower Gardens, located at 1151 Tower Boulevard in Lake Wales, Florida. These images were taken by Russell Moore in 2010.Edward Bok (1863-1930) retired to the town of Lake Wales, located south of Orlando. Bok set out a plan…

Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens, located at 1151 Tower Boulevard in Lake Wales, Florida. These images were taken by Russell Moore in 2010.Edward Bok (1863-1930) retired to the town of Lake Wales, located south of Orlando. Bok set out a plan to establish a natural…

Bok Tower
Bok Tower, located at 1151 Tower Boulevard in Lake Wales, Florida. These images were taken by Russell Moore in 2010.Edward Bok (1863-1930) retired to the town of Lake Wales, located south of Orlando. Bok set out a plan to establish a natural garden…

President Calvin Coolidge Dedication Marker at Bok Tower Gardens
The dedication marker for a palm tree planted by President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) on February 1, 1929, at Bok Tower Gardens, located at 1151 Tower Boulevard in Lake Wales, Florida. These images were taken by Russell Moore in 2010.Edward Bok…

First Lady Grace Coolidge Dedication Marker at Bok Tower Gardens
The dedication marker for a palm tree planted by First Lady Grace Coolidge (1879-1957), the wife of President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), on February 1, 1929, at Bok Tower Gardens, located at 1151 Tower Boulevard in Lake Wales, Florida. These images…

Pinewood Estate at Bok Tower Gardens
The Pinewood Estate at Bok Tower Gardens, located at 1151 Tower Boulevard in Lake Wales, Florida. The Pinewood Estate is a mansion that was constructed for Charles Austin Buck, the vice president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. In 1929, William…

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Title

Lake Wales Collection

Alternative Title

Lake Wales Collection

Subject

Lake Wales (Fla.)

Description

Collection of digital images, documents, and other records depicting the history of Lake Wales, Florida. Series descriptions are based on special topics, the majority of which students focused their metadata entries around.

The land around present-day Lake Wales was first surveyed by Sidney Irving Wailes in 1879. Wailes changed the name of the area's major lake, then called Watts Lake, to Lake Wailes. The area was used by settlers for the turpentine, lumber, grapefruit, and orange industries.

Around 1911-1912, the City of Lake Wales was established by the Lake Wales Land Company. The town was officially incorporated in 1917 and the City of Lake Wales was granted a municipal charter in 1921. In 1925, the Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Railroad Company constructed a railroad line joining Haines City to Everglades City, with a depot located in Lake Wales.

Contributor

Moore, R.

Is Part Of

Polk County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Language

eng

Type

Collection

Coverage

Lake Wales, Florida
Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, Florida

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"About Lake Wales." City of Lake Wales. http://www.cityoflakewales.com/.
Privett, Jan. Lake Wales. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Pub, 2010.

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