WINTER HAVEN, FLORIDA
Part A--General Information
Winter Haven is in Central Florida, 50 miles east of Tampa and 50 miles south-
west of Orlando. It has a chain of 16 lakes, part of which is within the
city limits. Largest of these are Lake Hartridge, Lake Cannon, Lake Howard,
and Lake Eloise, on which Cypress Gardens is located. The elevation is 175
feet above sea level.
Winter Haven is on U. S. Highway 17, two miles south of the intersection with
U. S. Highway 92. Florida Highway 542 enters town. The Seaboard Air Line
Railroad and Atlantic Coast Line Railroad provide rail service. Bus service
is provided by Greyhound Lines. Scheduled commercial air transportation is
In 1945, the population of Polk County was 112,429. At that time, Winter
Haven had a population of 8,109 within the corporate limits and a population
of 13,358 within the built-up area.
(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 September 80.1 7.53
April 71.5 2.43 October 74.3 3.63
Hay 76.7 4.82 November 66.3 1.62
June 80.3 8.33 December 61.7 2.24
Annual 72.2 55.31
5. Maior Sources of Income
General agriculture and citrus are the principal sources of income. Winter
Haven is in the center of the citrus growing section. Citrus packing and
canning plants and plants manufacturing citrus by-products, such as alcohol
and cattle feed, are the principal industries in Winter Haven.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
Outstanding events for the winter of 1948-49 include the following:
Florida Citrus Exposition, February 14-19, 1949.
Tangerine Queen Beauty Contest, approximate date, November 26, 1948.
Camellia Show, some time during February 1949.
Community Playhouse, eight plays between October and iay.
Flower Shows, throughout the year.
Dixie Water Ski Tournament, Cypress Gardens, Easter week.
2. Athletic Events
Golf tournaments are hold throughout the fall and winter. The Florida Citrus
Exposition Shuffleboard Tournament will be held on February 17, 1949.
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3. Tourist Clubs
Winter Haven Tourist Club--Activities include shuffleboard, card parties and
bingo games. Membership, $2.50 per year.
Shuffleboard Club--Has eight shuffleboard courts. Conducts various city
championship shuffleboard matches. Membership, $3 per year.
4. Recreational Clubs
Winter Haven Country Club--Golf club, initiation fee, $100; dues, $16 per
quarter; greens fee, 750 for nine holes.
5. Civic Organizations
6. Fraternal Organizations
Knights of Pythias
7. Organized Entertainment
The Community Play House has a paid director, who stages eight shows during
the winter season. Band concerts are given several times a month.
8. Recreational Frcilities
Public parks: Rotary Park has playground equipment; Lake Silver Beach, open-
air concrete amphitheater, large tourist recreation center, 12 shuffleboard
courts, picnic tables, beach open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., lighted for night swimming,
dressing rooms, shower rooms and two lifeguards; Florida Citrus Exposition
Grounds, four large buildings;.Lake Martha Park, beautifully landscaped, on
shores of Lake Martha; City Park, in the heart of shopping district, shuffle-
board clubhouse, shuffleboard courts; Kiwanis Kcegan Camp, on lake shore
eight miles from city, for boys and girls.
Athletic fields: Dennison Field, football, baseball and diamondball fields;
Armory, gymnasium, shower rooms and lockers, seating capacity, 3,000.
Other: Lighted tennis courts. Two golf courses. Winter Haven is four miles
from.Cypress Gardens and 18 miles from Bok Tower.
Ducks can be found on the Kissimmee River and lakes outside the city limits.
Quail and doves arc found throughout the surrounding area. Deer and turkeys
are found on the Kissimmee River. Licensed guides are available.
Bass and bream can be caught in most of the 100 lakes that are found within a
six-mile radius of the Winter Haven City Hall. Boats, motors and bait are
available at the 12 fishing camps in this section. Most of the camps have
eating facilities and several have cabins. Guides are available.
Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Christian Science Reading Room, Church of God,
Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist.
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Name Number of Rooms Rate Plan
Haven 109 Winter: $6 up European
Summer: $3 up
SLake Region 32 $4 up European
Ridgeland 53 $3 up European
Wis-Fle 38 $3 up European
Lake Alfred (4 miles
from Winter Haven.) 75 $5 up9 European
2. Tourist Courts
Lake Spring Terrace Court--41 units. Rates: $2.50 single; $5 double, up.
Haven Motor Court--8 units. Rates: $5 double.
Lake Ida DeLux Cabins--14 units. Rates: $3 single; $5 double, up.
The Rochelle--10 units. Rates: $3 single; $4 double, up.
3. Guest Homes
Seven Gables--636 6th Street, N.W. 7 rooms. Rates: $3 $5.
Margott Inn--327 21st Street. 5 rooms. Rates: $2 $5.
Mrs. Hershey--524 6th Street, N. W. 3 rooms. Rates: $3 $4.
The Home Place--6th Street, N. W. 6 rooms. Rates: $3 $4, up.
Mrs. Stella Sands-1123 6th Street, N.W. 4 rooms. Rates: $3 $4, up.
Hoosier Inn--650 Avenue A, S.W. 4 rooms. Rates: $3 $4, up.
Dixie Lodge-150 Avenue D, N. E. 12 rooms. $3 $5, up.
Van Horn & Meeser
Harry Boaler--604 6th Street, N.W. 5 rooms. Rates: $3.50, up.
Mrs. M. G. Damkjer--716 Avenue A, S. W. 3 rooms. Rates: $4, up.
Tccunseh House--621 West Central Avenue.
E. C. Linger--West Central Avenue.
4. Trailer Courts
Lions Club Trailer Park--Avenue T, N.W. Laundry facilities; electrical, water
and drain connections; recreation hall. Rates: $1 per day, $3.25 per week
for two persons; 500 extra for each additional person.
Lake Deer Trailer Park--3301 Avenue G, N.W. Fishing, swimming, croquet,
shuffleboard. Electricity, water and drain connections; laundry facilities,
shade, citrus fruit. Rates: $1 per day, $3.50 per week, 500 for each
The Wagon Wheel-Highway 92 (U. S.). Laundry facilities; electrical, sewer
and water connections, beautiful sand beach, swimming, fishing, shuffle-
board courts, croquet, store, restaurant. Rates: $1 per day, $3.50 per
week for two persons; 500 for each additional person.
Further information on Winter Haven can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Winter Haven, Florida