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MOUNTAIN LAKE IN 1915 BEFORE DEVELOPMENT-SHOWING "IRON MOUNTAIN," ELEVATION 324 FEET-
THE HIGHEST ON THE FLORIDA PENINSULA
S B HE purpose of this booklet is to present,
very briefly, a distinctive Florida de-
.velopment which has been specially
planned to meet the requirements of those who
want the privilege of enjoying Florida's match-
less winter climate but dislike the congestion
and discomforts which now characterize most
Sf its resorts.
Mountain Lake is in the heart of the famous
:lake region of south-central Florida, about equi-
-.' distant from the Ocean and the Gulf-just far
enough to escape their fogs and raw weather
without foregoing the benefits of their breezes.
The property, embracing three thousand acres and five lakes all under
a single fence, has been landscaped as one harmonious whole by Mr.
Frederick Law Olmsted, whose work as a landscape architect, is known
throughout cultivated America.
The photographs reproduced here, very faintly portray the beauties of
the place but they convey some idea of its character and the remarkable
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progress made in its transformation from a virgin pine forest in 1915.
Although general publicity has been studiously avoided, the colony has
grown steadily and now includes among its residents men of national
prominence in finance, business and the professions.
The aim of the development is to supply, for people of refinement, a home
or a grove in a carefully restricted environment with every facility for
enjoying the best of the out-of-doors. Golf and tennis, swimming and
boating, riding, hunting and fishing have all been cared for in a way
that appeals to those who expect the best.
Although ownership of property is a pre-requisite to membership in
Mountain Lake Club, its privileges will be extended to those interested
in the idea, for a period sufficiently long to enable them to get the real
atmosphere of the place and to form an intelligent opinion. Such guests
will be allowed to pay their way, will be treated just as the guests of any
other private club are treated and will be under no obligation whatever.
This is not a real estate proposition in the usual sense and the subject of
buying will be mentioned first by the visitor, if at all.
MOUNTAIN LAKE CLUB-
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The club house is perhaps the finest in the South, having been planned
throughout with the single aim of providing every comfort. The rooms
are large and each has its private bath. The usual season is from De-
cember 1st to April 15th.
Mountain Lake is only thirty-six hours from New York and has through
Pullman service. It is connected by excellent motor roads, either brick
or asphalt, with all the principal resorts in Central Florida and on the
East and West Coasts.
Extract from Mr. Olmsted's opinion after spending the greater part of a year at
"Other places have good citrus lands, though none has better; other
places have good climatic conditions, though none has better; other
places have the same opportunities for the growth of beautiful
tropical vegetation; but nowhere else in Florida is a systematic
effort being made to conserve and develop the landscape beauty of
a large tract to the fullest extent in connection with its economic
development. It will create a district exceptional for its beauty as
well as for its productiveness, and, as such, exceptionally attractive
to the seekers for winter homes in Florida who want the very best."
i A NY private residences have been built, dotting
S\ ihe lake shores and hills with their varied types
.f architecture. Those illustrated are repre-
sentative. They are occupied by the owners for periods
of from two to five months each year. When unoccupied,
the buildings are regularly inspected and the grounds are
cared for throughout the year by the Corporation* at
actual cost, plus a nominal fee for supervision.
S All property is sold subject to rigid restrictions and an
S equitable maintenance tax is provided for, which assures
the permanent upkeep of the park.
Every modern convenience is provided and all require-
ments of the present-day household are available.
The Club dining room service may be used by home owners, if desired, thus
eliminating the most annoying feature of housekeeping.
"The Mountain Lake property is owned, and its development is directed, by Mountain Lake
Corporation (incorporated under the laws of Florida), of which Mr. E. T. Bedford, of New
York, is President and Mr. F. S. Ruth, of Lake Wales, Florida, is Vice-President and General
Manager. Its principal office is Lake Wales. Florida. Northern office: 120 Broadway, New
"TALL TIMBERS--ONE OF THE FIRST MOUNTAIN LAKE HOMES
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A RESIDENCE AMONG THE PINES
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OCCUPYING A COMMANDING SITE ON THE LAKE FRONT
NEARING COMPLETIONON THE CREST OF A BEAUTIFUL KNOLL
NEARING COMPLETION--ON THE CREST OF A BEAUTIFUL KNOLL
*K O RES IDENCE WITH BOATHOUSE
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A LAKE FRONT RESIDENCE--WITH BOATHOUSE
A HOME NEAR THE CLUB-HOUSE
A MOUNTAIN LAKE BUNGALOW
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HE Mountain Lake golf course was planned and built by Mr. Seth J.
Raynor, well known through his work on the National, Lido, Blind Brook,
Piping Rock and other famous courses Nine holes have been in use
for three years and have attained a wide reputation. It has been said repeatedly
by leading. professional and amateur golfers that the turf putting greens at
Mountain Lake are as good as the best in America.
The second nine holes, which are even more interesting, have been completed and
will be ready for play January 1, 1921. Photographs were not available for this
booklet but, like the first nine, they have been so planned as to derive the full
benefit of the unusual topography. A genuine surprise awaits the golfer who, for
the first time, plays the full 18-hole course at Mountain Lake
"The big surprise of the journey came when Mountain Lake was
reached. Here, in the heart of the State, we came upon a fine,
up-to-date club-house, surrounded by cottages and orange groves,
and one of the best nine-hole courses in the country. It not only
has fine length and is well trapped but, what is more important, it
is in fine condition with grass greens that permit of no putting alibi.
It takes good, sound golf there to beat a 40."-Grantland Rice in
Southern Golfer, February, 1920.
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NUMBER ONE GREEN--CLUB-HOUSE IN BACKGROUND
APPROACH TO NUMBER FOUR, AN ELEVATED GREEN
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WILFRID REID DRIVING FROM SIXTH TEE-LADIES TEE AT RIGHT
APPROACH TO NUMBER SEVENTEEN-MOUNTAIN LAKE AND "IRON MOUNTAIN" IN BACKGROUND
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THE WATER HAZARD ON NUMBER EIGHTEEN
LADIES PUTTING CONTEST-EIGHTEENTH GREEN
ORANGE AND GRAPE FRUIT
HE same expert care and attention which have been given to other feat-
ures of Mountain Lake have been extended to the planning and carrying
out of the grove part of the development.
The purchase price of groves includes the cost of planting and care for five years.
The Corporation is prepared to continue such care after the five year period, thus
giving purchasers the benefit of its complete organization and correspondingly
Those not wishing to maintain winter homes may obtain, through ownership of
a grove, all the privileges enjoyed by other property owners at Mountain Lake.
Over sixty groves, of approximately ten acres each, have been planted and sold.
They are unique in that not only are they being cared for in a way which will
make them most profitable commercially, but they supply a very definite feature
of the artistry of landscaping which makes the whole Mountain Lake tract so
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MOUNTAIN LAKES FIRSTORANGEGROVEW-EN FV r S OD-- 19*20
MOUNTAIN LAKE'S FIRST ORANGE GROVE WHEN FIVE YEARS OLD--1920
A FOUR YEAR OLD GRAPE FRUIT TREE AT MOUNTAIN LAKE
FOR FURTHER PARTICULARS ADDRESS:
V. C. RICKER
A MOUNTAIN LAKE PATIO