LAIE WALES, FLORIDA
Part A---General Information
Lake Wales is in Central Florida, 60 miles east of Tampa. It is near Lake
Caloosa, which has 45 miles of shoreline, and numerous small lakes. The
elevation at Bok Tower is( S- eet above sea level, the highest recorded
elevation in Florida. Wit'~i the city limits of Lake Wales, the elevation
is about 250 feet above sea level.
Florida HiSaways -17 and 60 pass through lake Wales. Rail transportation is
provided by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad and Atlantic Coas; Line Railroad.
Florida Greyhound Lines operates 16 buses daily through Lake Wales. Air
transportation is not available. Charter service is available at Lake Wales
Airport, two miles from town.
Polk County had a population of 112,429 in 1945. The population of Lake Wales
was 6,210 in 1945. Greater Lake Wales, embracing nine smaller communities
within a 5-mile radius, has an estimated population of 12,500.
(Based on U.S. Weather Bureau observations at Bartow, Florida.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 61.4 2.65 July 81.6 8.36
February 63.4 2.70 August 81.8 8.05
March 67.2 2.95 Septamber 80.1 7.53
April 71.5 2.43 October 74.3 3.63
May 76.7 4.82 November 66.3 1.62
June 80.3 8.33 December 61.7 2.24
Annual 72.2 55.31
Lake Wales was founded in 1911 by Lakb Wdl6s -Land Company, and is the home of
the famous Bok Singing Tower and Mountain Lake "Snctuary which are visited by
500,000 people each year. Florida Cypress Gardens are also near Lake Wales.
6. Major Sources of Income
The economy is based on citrus and tourists. There are five large citrus
packing houses and one large citrus cannlry in Lake Wales. Within a 10-mile
radius of Lake Wales are 33,000 acres of citrus groves and a large vegetable
land development of 1,600 acres has recently opeand,
Fart B---Recreation and Entertaiinment
1. Special Events
Bok Singing Tower recitals from December through April, on Tuesdays, Thursdays
and Saturdays at 12 noon, and on Sundays at 3 pam. Also special recitals..
2, Athletic Events
High School football and baseball games in season, Spring training camp for
Kansas City Blues from March 8 through April 15.
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3. Tourist Clubs
Lake Wales Tourist and Shuffleboard Club. 36 new courts, open to all, dues
$2 per year. Bowling on the green, parties, fine club house with picnic
grounds beside beautiful lake.
4. Recreational Clubs
Lake Wales Golf and Country Club. Dues, $75 per year; social membership, $25
Tennis at Tourist Club
5. Civic Organizations
Business and Professional Women's Club
Chamber of Commerce
Junior Chamber of Commerce
6. Fraternal Organizations
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Dances at Country Club and American Legion Home
Tourist Club card parties
8. Recreational Facilities
Bathing beach (free)
Golf courses, greens fee $1
Quail, doves and turkeys are found in the vicinity of Lake Wales. Unposted
hunting grounds are within approximately 10 miles. There are no hunting
lodges or guides available.
The 23 lakes and rivers near Lake Wales afford excellent fishing. Fresh water
bass, perch and bream are the most popular species caught. There are 12
fishing camps nearby, with eating facilities and housing at four of them.
Boats, tackle and guides are available.
Baptist, Catholic, Church of God, Church of Nazarene, Episcopal, Methodist,
LAKE WALES, FLORIDA
Bonaire Hotel, 24 rooms, either European or American.
Chalet Suzanne, 10 rooms, either.
Hillcrest Lodge, 15 rooms, either.
Lakeshore, 20 rooms, either.
Ridge Manor Lodge, 12 rooms, either.
Walesbilt, 100 rooms, either.
2. Tourist Courts
Tower View Courts
3. Guest Homes
Information on the many guest homes can be obtained from the Lake Wales
Chamber of Commerce.
4. Trailer Courts
Lake Wales Trailer Park, electrical connections, baths, showers, water, heat,
$20 per month. Delicatessen adjoining.
5. Eating Places
Bon Ton Cafeteria
Further information on Lake Wales can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Crystal Avenue at Scenic Highway
Lake Wales, Florida