Bucking Horses

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Bucking Horses

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First Federal Bank Statue




A statue known as "Bucking Horses", which was erected in 1962, by Earl J. LaPan (1908-1996). It was commissioned by the First Federal bank, and located in front of its Lake Park, Florida, location. Due to lack of repair, one of the horses fell during a storm in 2005, and the other was deemed a danger to pedestrians. Thus, the entire statue was replaced a year later.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on August 24, 1908, Earl J. LaPan was an accomplished artist, who is credited for creating over 300 murals depicting tropical scenes. Beginning his career as an artist in New Jersey, Earl LaPan moved to Florida sometime around 1933. He was drafted into the United States Army Air Corps on October 29, 1943. After World War II, LaPan moved to Miami, Florida, where he resumed his work as an artist. LaPan died in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 19, 1996, at the age of eighty-seven. He is buried at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


Digital reproduction of original color photograph.

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Lake Park, Florida

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History Teacher


Originally created and published by the First Federal Bank of Florida.

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Copyright to this resource is held by The Palm Beach Post and is provided here by RICHES for educational purposes only.


Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

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External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017. https://today.ucf.edu/va-selects-ucf-historians-archive-stories-deceased-veterans/.



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