Lake Wales has provided excellent parks and
playgrounds for adults and children-
owning 350 acres
Views in Lake Wales' public parks. There are
two beautiful lakes one and two blocks
respectively from the business district
Entrance to beautiful Mountain Lake, ad-
jn,''' the city limits of Lake Wales
Note "Singing Tower" at extreme right
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Lake Wales' fine 18-hole municipal golf
course with rolling hills and natural lake
hazards, three miles from business center
Dixie-Walesbilt Hotel and Hotel Wales
Two exceptionally satisfying hostelries;
splendid service and reasonable rates
Crystal Lake and Park in the heart of Lake Wales
N answer to the many requests we receive for information as
to just what is the "Ridge" and what there is to be found in
the central part of Florida and Polk County and it is
really the richest county per capital in the United States-we sub-
mit herewith a few unembellished statements and a number of
photographs so that the reader of this little booklet may form
his own conclusions and decide for himself whether or not he
desires to visit Lake Wales and Polk County and find out what
has caused a little turpentine camp set in the heart of a wilder-
ness to blossom forth in a little more than a dozen years into
the type of community that attracts discriminating people from
many states and lands.
We make no attempt to buy your interest with bombastic
language and high-flown superlatives; the five thousand resi-
dents of our little city are not this type; they are cultured, happy,
wholesome, energetic, progressive people, working together,
playing together, enjoying hugely the fun of creating a little city
with all the advantages of a big city, yet plenty of '- iln"
space and opportunity of really knowing folks. If you would
enjoy this comradly atmosphere, then we invite you to come,
get acquainted and stay as long as you can-permanently if pos-
sible. You will be right welcome in Florida's "Hill Country."
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These apartments are all conveniently located
to parks and shopping district. There are
also a number of smaller apartments
of citrus trees in the
district are worth
miles to see
Scenes of activity on the very popular
shuffle board courts
Lake Wales' homes. The beautiful home sites,
many on hillsides overlooking the lakes,
are striking beauties of the city
The 23,000 acres
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Six denominations own church buildings in Lake Wales
THE Scenic Highlands, familiarly called "The Ridge," extends
south through central Florida for about 90 miles. The
elevation is from 150 to 324 feet above sea level, Iron
Mountain at Lake Wales being 324.9 feet, said by the United
States Bureau of Geological Survey to be "the highest spot yet
known in Florida."
Lake Wales lies very near the center of Imperial Polk County.
the richest county per capital in the United States, according to
government figures. With the completion of the Gulf-to-Ocean
Highway, connecting Veto Beach on the Atlantic Coast with Tampt-
and St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Wales will be th'"
shortest motor route (141 miles) between the coasts. The Sea
board Air Line's cross-state railroad makes a converging point at
Lake Wales while the Atlantic Coast Line
gives north and south service, both roads
making an over-night run between Lake
Wales and New York.
Lake Wales is the center of the great :
citrus industry of Florida. Within a ten-
mile radius are planted more than 23,000 r '
acres of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and "
other citrus trees, the largest intensive
citrus cultivation in a similar area in the ?,. "
world. Polk County contains one-third -
of the State's planting of citrus fruit, and i fe i
Lake Wales district contains one-third of ',,
the county total.
Lake Wales has three hundred acres of
parks and playgrounds, including the
sporty 18-hole Municipal Golf Course.
Here is located the best-equipped chil- Lake WVah
dren's playground in Florida, Heckscher playground; nearby are
tennis, shuffleboard, roque, horseshoe, chess and checkers; across the
boulevard on the shore of the big lake is a beautiful new stucco
pavilion and boat houses, with all facilities for water sports. Besides
these may be had trap shooting, fishing, boating, hunting and motor .
ing. Situated close to the business section is also an up-to-date
"Wee" golf course.
Lake Wales is also the center of a number of distinctive suburban
developments, chief among which is beautiful Mountain Lake Club,
3,500 acres adjoining the city limits of Lake Wales where Mrs. Ed-
ward W. Bok, Roger W. Babson, Irvin T. Bush, E. T. Bedford, H.
D. Kingsbury, and many other noted men have their winter homes.
On the peak of Iron Mountain, the highest
point in Florida, Edward W. Bok has
created Mountain Lake Sanctuary. Mr.
Bok has also erected a Singing Tower con
training the finest Carillon in the world.
The Carillon is played by Anton Brees for
three quarters of an hour at 3 P. M. on
'. ( Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Satur-
.. days from the 15th of December to the
15th of April inclusive. Special recitals
. TUr'~~S' .. TURDAYS NOW 12 NOON,
..Other attractive home communities and
d.. .1 iiM.!im are Highland Park, East
Lake Wales, Hesperides, Canadian Club,
Templetown. Mammoth Grove, West
Lake Wales, Lake of The Hills, Waverly.
Babson Park, Michigan-Florida Club and
City Hall Hillcrest Heights.
Business scenes-showing banks, postoffice, theatre and office buildings
Lake City _-
over new road
Ocala ..----- 119
St. Augustine 182
St. Petersburg 8 1
Tampa ------- 61
West Palm Beach 181
Vero Beach (new r'd) 80
through Lake Wales
From Ocean to Gulf most direct route across state.
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