Group Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
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Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
Physical Description: 6 v. : ; 39 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida State Advertising Commission
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
General Note: Issued separately for Florida cities in cooperation with local chambers of commerce and varied agencies.
General Note: In loose-leaf binders.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00075576
Volume ID: VID00117
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Polk County

Part A---General Information

1. Location

Lakeland is in Central Florida, 33 miles northeast of Tampa and
64 miles southwest.of Orlando. The elevation is approximately
200 feet.

2. Transportation

Local bus service: Local bus service is available in Lakeland.

Highways: U. S. Highway 92 and Florida Highways 33, 35 and 37
enter Lakeland.

Rail: The Atlanta Coast Line Railroad provides rail service.

Intercity bus service: Greyhound Lines provides intercity bus

Air: Air service is provided by National Air Lines.

Charter flight operators: Roberts Brothers Flying Service.

Boat lines: Lakeland is not a port.

3. Population

1948 Estimate 1945 Census 1940 Census

Total county 120,000 112,429 86,665

Total city 36,000 31,461 22,068

4. Climate

(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau records for a 20 year period.)

Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall

January 62.1 1.48 July 82.0 7.10
February 67.2 1.61 August 81.9 8.00
March 67.6 3.89 September 80.2 8.00
April 72.6 3.22 October 74.8 1.37
May 77.4 4.41 November 67.0 1.28
June 80.8 8.08 December 63.5 .77
Annual 73.1 49.21

5. History

Lakeland got its start in 1880 when Henry Plant sent a railway
right-of-way crew here-to clear land for the railroad into Tampa.
H. J. Drane (later Mayor and Congressman) was in charge and b,-
came the city's first white resident. The city was named Lakeland
because there were 13 lakes close together. The 13 lakes are
now in thecity limits.

6. Major Sources of Income

Lakeland is the retail and wholesale center for a prosperous ag-
ricultural and mining section. Approximately one-third of the
citrus produced in Florida is grown in Polk County and about 69
per cent of the'world supply of phosphate is mined in Polk County.
Each year, approximately 5,000 tourists visit Lakeland, providing
about $1,000,000 in income. Florida Southern College (2,000 stu-
dents) and the National Carpenters and Joiners Home are in Lake-


7. Newspapers

Name Type Circulation

The Lakeland Ledger Daily 12,000
The American Press Weekly

8. Radio Station

Station WLAK operates on a frequency of 1430 kilocycles, with
power of 1,000 watts. It is a member of the NBC network.

9. Private Schools and Colleges

Private schools and colleges in Lakeland are Florida Southern
College (coeducational) and Lakeland Business Institute (secre-
tarial training).

Part B---Recreation and Entertainment

1. Special Events

Lakeland has a Junior Chamber of Commerce Annual Rodeo and Fat-
stock Show on January 1-4. The annual motorboat regatta is held
the first half of March.

2. Athletic Events

The Detroit Tigers baseball team has spring training in Lakeland
from March 1 to 31. The team played 12 exhibition games here in
1948. The Junior Chamber of Commerce has a golf tournament in
February each year.

3. Commercial Attractions

Lakeland is 18 miles from Cypress Gardens and 28 miles from Bok
Tower. Florida Southern College has ultra-modernistic buildings
designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

4. Tourist Clubs

Lakeland Tourist Club, 800 to 1,000 members, dues of $3 annually.
Lakeland provides large civic center building for all dances,
parties and indoor games. The city provides 41 lighted
shuffleboard courts, beautiful lawn bowling courts and two
tennis courts free.

5. Recreational Clubs

Cleveland Heights Golf Club.
Lakeland Yacht and Country Club, invitational, dues about $40
annually, on Lake Hollingsworth.

6. Civic Organizations

Day & Time of Place of
Name Meeting Meeting

Rotary Tuesdays 12:15 p.m. Cadet Restaurant
Kiwanis Fridays 12:15 p.m. Cadet Restaurant
Lions Thursdays 12:15 p.m. Cadet Restaurant
Exchange Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Cadet Restaurant
Optimists Thursdays 6:45 p.m. Cadet Restaurant
Sorosis (Women) 2nd Thursday 12:15 p.m.Sorosis Club
Woman's Club 1st & 3rd Thursday Woman's Club
Business & Professional
Woman's Club 4th Tues. 8:00 p.m. C. of C.
Pionettes (Women) 2nd & 4th Tues. 7 p.m. Cadet Restaurant


7. Fraternal Organizations

Day & Time of

Place of


Odd Fellows

Thursday 8 p.m. Elks Club
Friday 8 p.m.', Lake Parker
Yacht Club
2nd & 4th Wed. 8 p.m. Parish Club House
Friday 8 p.m. 116- S. Florida

8. Organized Entertainment

Lakeland Civic Music Club presents six renowned artists each
College Lecture Course, featuring five or six nationally-known
Lakeland Executive Club has outstanding speakers monthly except
in summer.

9. Recreational Facilities

Lakeland has 41 shuffleboard courts; three tennis courts; three
lawn bowling courts; two golf courses, 18 holes each, greens fee
$1; outdoor swimming pool, city owned, fee 100; large public
picnic grounds (equipped).

10. Hunting

Quail, rabbit, raccons, dove and a few deer are found in this
area. Hunting guides and hunting lodges are not available in

11. Fishing

Various fresh water fish are caught in the 13 lakes in the city-
limits and the 300 lakes in the county. Fishing guides, fishing
camps and charter fishing boats are not available in Lakeland.

12. Churches

Lakeland has 52 churches.

Part C---Accommodations

1. Hotels


New Florida
Lakeland Terrace
Thelma Hotel
Wilmary Hotel
Lake Morton Hotel
Gilbert-Washburn Hotel
Colonial Hotel
Southern Oaks Rooming
House Hotel

Number of


2. Tourist Courts


Johns Tourist Park
Kenmore Cottages
Case's Tourist Park
Lakeland Cottages
Saxon Village
Rainbow Motor Court

1146 East Main Street
Route 4, New Tampa Highway
1205 East Main Street
Combee Road & U. S. 92
R. F. D. #4, Post Office Box 324
New Tampa Highway








2. Tourist Courts (Cont.)


All States Tourist Court .
Cypress Lodge
Herb's Hobby Auto Court
Hollywood Village
Miami Court
Mo-Trail Court
Rainbow Motor Court
Pressler's Motel
Circle Motel
King's Lake Cottages
Marion's Motel


New Auburndale Road
New Auburndale Road
New Tampa Highway
New Tampa Highway
New Tampa Highway
New Tampa Highway
New Tampa Highway
New Tampa Highway
Route #4, New Tampa Highway
Auburndale Road and U. S. 92
New Tampa Highway


3. Trailer Courts
Woodall's Trailer Village, New Tampa Highway
Oakridge Park, Polk City Road
Case's Tourist Park, 1205 East Main Street
John's Trailer Park, 1206 East Main Street
Tyler Trailer Park, 1214 East Main Street
4. Other Accommodations

Information on guest homes and apartments can be obtained from
Chamber of Commerce. Information on houses can be obtained from
local real estate dealers.

5. Specialized Eating Places

The Cadet specializes in seafoods.

Further information on Lakeland can be obtained from:

City Hall
Lakeland, Florida



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