Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday "L" is for Lake Wales, Florida

Hello friends, This week we are going south to Lake Wales Florida.

Lake Wales is located near the geographical center of the Florida peninsula and is located on the Lake Wales Ridge.

The highest point of this ridge is Sugarloaf Mountain. It is 312 feet above sea level.
Iron Mountain is 295 feet above sea level. And that is where Bok Tower is located.
See I told you we have mountains in Florida!  J
Also at the base of Iron Mountain is a private gated community called Mountain Lake Estates which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was founded in 1915 and includes an 18 hole golf course. You can see Bok Tower in the background.
This is the club house called The Colony House. I have provided a link to surf through if you are interested in possibly staying there.
Anyway…Back to Lake Wales.
In 1879, Sidney Irving Wailes surveyed land around Lake Watts. He then renamed Lake Watts after himself and called it Lake Wailes. In 1911 The Lake Wales Land Company used the name Lake Wales for the new city but the name of the lake remained Lake Wailes.
Six miles east of Lake Wales is St. Anne des Lacs. A rural shrine built about 1923 by French-speaking Catholics on Lake St. Anne. Might be something neat to see.
The Down Town area of Lake Wales was developed during the Great Florida Land Boom of the 1920’s and has over 15 historical buildings.
Here are just a few:
Lake Wales First Baptist Church

The Train Depot then.
The Train Depot now.
The Lake Wales Art Center, originally the Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
If you are interested in going to Lake Wales here is a really neat link for other places to see:
Don’t forget to check out Spook Hill!
Chalet Suzanne.

This is another nice place I plan to go to that is steeped in Florida history. 
Also about 28 miles from Lake Wales is the Westgate River Ranch. This is a place I want to take my hubby to. And they are pet friendly too!
I have provided a link for you here:
Well that’s it until next week’s Alphabe~Thursday when we will look at the letter “M”. To return to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe~Thursday click here:

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames


Rinkly Rimes said...

Quite a travelogue! Sthe fare and I'll fly from Australia to sample the pleasures of Lake Wales!

Sue said...

This looks like a neat place to visit!


Splendid Little Stars said...

very interesting! Who would have guessed that there are real mountains in Florida?!

Short and Sweet said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour of Florida! Mountains? I never would have guessed! Neat names for some of the places you mentioned.

Jim said...
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Jim said...

Hi Ames ~~ Thank you for you nice run down on Lake Wales. I was not aware of this town.

I am more surprised that Florida has a train for passengers still than that you have mountains.

Of course what Southern people call mountains are really just big hills. Lots of Texas hills are over 400 feet. We do have a mountain down on the Mexico border in the Big Bend National Park.
Oh yes, I was looking for reactions about the government regulating laxative sales. Yours was the first comment to complain. This is not true. On my blog every now and then if it is too preposterous to be true it probably isn't true. Thank you.

BTW, I really liked your play on words there. LOL

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

"Stop car on white line, place in neutral, and LET IT ROLL BACK" Uh, no, I don't want to run into any gators on Spook Hill!! LOL!!
Love the pink train depot!
Thanks for your visit today!

Jo said...

mountains??? who would have thought! looks like an interesting little place!

Anonymous said...

mountains in FL LOL!!!!

lamb's wool

Andy David said...

Foolish me for always believing Florida was flat! Fascinating information & nice photos. Thanks for sharing.

L is for: Diary Of Love

Cheryl D. said...

HAHA! 300 feet is considered mountains? I live about 1300 feet elevation, and we consider that hills in Los Angeles!

Really great pics! Very charming!

Annesphamily said...

Love this post! You would fit right in at Pink Saturday with those lovely pink buildings here! Between you and Marydon (Blushing Rose Too) I get a free history lesson! Love it!
C'mon Ames let's slip over that gate and go golfing! LOL!

anitamombanita said...

Ames, you are definitely making Florida look more least this week, anyway! :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Lake ales looks like a ptown with quite a bit of attractions to see and is quite beautiful! Thanks for the tour!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I have this on my list of places I want to visit! You did a great post...making us ALL want to go! Hugs!

Jenny said...

Oooh, ooh!

A pink train station!

And I think we learned about St. Anne des Lacs when I went to Catholic acadamy.

I'd love to visit both of those places...especially if I didn't have to take the nuns along!


Perhaps I shouldn't have written that!


Thanks for the lovely tour!

You might need to send your posts to the Florida visitors bureau! I suspect they would entice people to 'come on down!'


Hope you're having a happy Saturday!