|Liked the sign!|
|The samples were soooo good, but we each only had a few!|
|This is a family run business and they pick all of their fruit|
by hand, putting it in these big tubs and then it is dumped
into the bed of a truck!
|Oranges, oranges, and more oranges!|
We arrived in Lake Placid and what a fascinating town that is known for its murals that are painted on the outside walls of many of the buildings. In 1992, Lake Placid had 15 empty stores and black mold and mildew was evident on many of the walls in town. After visiting a small town in Canada that had been revitalized by having murals of the town's history and culture painted on the its buildings, they Porters founded the Lake Placid Mural Society and the 1st mural was painted by a friend of theirs in 1993. By the end of 2013 the number of historic murals grew to 46 and cover over 30,000 square feet in the town. During these 21 years tourism has increased. Lake Placid became known as the Town of Murals and was crowned Florida's Outstanding Rural Community. In 2013 Lake Placid won the coveted title of "America's Most Interesting Town" in a nation-wide search by Reader's Digest.
For $3.00 you can buy a brochure/magazine that gives a description of each mural and the hidden characters, animals, etc. that you can search for in each picture. It is a lot of fun! Here are some of the murals -
|This is the 1st one called "Southwinds". This was a famous|
resort during the glory days of Lake Placid!
|This is a huge mural depicting how the picking and hauling of oranges|
has changed. The truck looks so dimensional!
|In this large mural you were supposed to look for 4 oranges|
with smiley faces and sunglasses!
|Since 1980, Eddie Mae Henderson cooked Christmas Dinner for|
the less fortunate. More than 40 volunteers help her serve over 800
dinners each Christmas.
|Annie Hill - Nurse Mid-Wife! She was a mid-wife for|
59 years in Lake Placid. She delivered 1500 babies from
1918 to 1976.
|Rare Resident Florida Panther. There are approximately 100|
panthers alive in the wild - the most endangered species
|Highland County is known for its lakes and bass fish! It really|
looks like the bass is leaping out of the wall!
|Jewels of Highlands County. There are 27 beautiful freshwater|
lakes within 7 miles of Lake Placid.
|Lake Placid County Fair. This mural is 108 feet wide by 18|
|Birding. Florida has the 3rd greatest number of different bird|
species of any state in the nation!
|The Turpentine Industry. This industry created more jobs in|
this area than any other around the turn of the century!
|Caladium Fields. Lake Placid is the Caladium Capital of the|
World, where 95% of the world's caladiums grow. Most of them
grow in 1,500 acres of black lake bottom muck. They have a
Caladium Festival each year!
|The Green Dragon Basketball Team in 1939 played all their|
home games outdoors on a cement tennis court. At night,
automobiles would surround the court to provide light for the game!
|In the basketball mural you were supposed to hunt for the skunk|
in the photo!
|The Lost Bear Cub. Lake Placid was once the best bear hunting|
territory in the country.
|The Scrub Jay's World. Florida scrub jays are on the|
federal endangered list and live only in the scrub oak. We
know they are extremely friendly!
|Here he is taking a photo of the birds with one|
is sitting on his camera!
|Town of Murals - How it All Began! This is a mural with|
a picture of the founders, Bob and Harriet Porter!
Clowning in Lake Placid -
|Toby's First Clown Class. He started a school in Lake Placid|
for training clowns so they could visit the local hospital.
Today clown students come from all over the US and Canada to
learn to become a clown.
|The Art of Clown School. This mural depicts what clowns do|
to entertain and bring smiles, love and laughter! There are 3
types of clowns: Auguste, White Face, and Tramp/Hobo@
|There are towns depicted throughout the town.|
|I got to sit with Nibbles!|
As you can see, it was an interesting day in Lake Placid. Ken went to CR's in the evening and I worked on this blog and downloaded photos. Also talked to my sister and camping friend, Doloris. Left a message for Melissa and Chuck, but hope to talk to them in the very near future.