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History of Lake Placid, Florida

Lake Placid Florida

Your are in the right place to learn about Lake Placid, FL. Find out what makes this place so unique.

How many lakes are there in Lake Placid, FL?

Highlands County has 27 freshwater lakes all are in close proximity to Lake Placid.  Some are tiny some are huge.  Lake Istakpoga, for example is 26,762.9-acres! Lake June in Winter is 3,726.11-acres.  Two of the nicest sandy-bottom lakes are right in town, Lake June in Winter & Lake Placid.

Does Lake Placid really have rolling hills? I thought Florida was all flat.

Lake Placid does have hills, which is another thing that makes it unique.  The hills are not huge but very noticeable.  The highest point in town is over 170 feet about sea level.   This may not see like much, but there are points in town that are around 30 feet in elevation.  On some of the hills you get a views of multiple lakes.

How many murals are there in Lake Placid?

There are 60+ murals and counting in Lake Placid.  Driving or walk through downtown is quite a unique experience. Some of the murals are huge!

Lake Placid Florida Maps

The History of Lake Placid, FL

Lake Placid has a unique and interesting history. It was the year 1842 when the area now referred to as Highlands County was reserved for the Seminole Indians. After the last Seminole War (1856-58) the Seminole people pulled back southward into the Everglades. In 1909 Congress made these lands available for homesteading. By 1912 over 70+ families were homesteading in the Lake Placid & Sebring area!

Over the taking place years, the settlement was referred to as Lake Buck, Lake June and Lake Stearns, named after the U.S. Government Surveyor General Marcellus Stearns. Nevertheless, with the introduction of the Atlantic Coastline railroad, the name was altered again to since it was the railroad’s official name for the stop. In 1921, with housing in huge need and in short supply, it was a town of camping tents! By 1924 the location was once again called Lake Stearns (as was the lake west of town) and A.H. DeVane, E.C. Stuart, and E. Morrow promoted development and citrus.

By 1926 the Florida building boom resulted in travelers gathering to the town and services emerged all over the Lake Placid area. In 1927 Dr. Melvil Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal System for cataloging library books, gotten here in the area. Discovering that the area resembled his native Lake Placid, N.Y. due to the lakes, Dr. Dewey had visions of a resort town as the semitropical version of the Lake Placid Club in the Adirondack Mountains, which he had formed in 1893.

Dewey’s very first move was to open a fancy hotel in mid-town for affluent travelers and after that to develop a three-hotel complex that was named The Lake Placid Loj– that is not a typo, this spelling the lead to Dewey’s simplified method of spelling. The Loj is today site of the Lake Placid Conference Center. In 1927, at Dewey’s advising, the town’s called was altered to Lake Placid by legal act and has actually stayed so to this day.

With the town thriving as a resort town, there were a number of large hotels, in addition to Dewey’s. Main Avenue was adorned with a perfectly landscaped center mall complete with arches made of stone.

In the early 1940s deal with Highway 27 was started, but stopped when World War II started. It was completed in the early 1950s.

The spontaneous growth that Dewey expected did not occur due to the Great Depression. Nevertheless, a stable, more trustworthy development did. The few hundred people in the location in 1928 has slowly grown to today population of around a thousand. With its rolling hills (very unusual for Florida), gorgeous lakes, and near best environment, it is popular for both vacation and retirement.