Lake Wales and Small Town Hotels

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florda)

Lake Wales Florida Hotel Grand

Lake Wales Florida Hotel Grand

Bok Tower Gardens is near Lake Wales, a great little place to visit after your communion with the serenity of Bok Tower.

The 1920's were boom times in much of Florida. Sleepy little towns were crawling with "binder boys" selling lots on contract.

Demand for real estate was so great that contracts were sold many times before the lots were even developed.

It was one of the first booms in Florida, but not the last. Like all booms, it was followed by a bust.

Eventually the last person to buy a contract realized there was nobody left to sell it to.

Banks and developers went broke, heartbroken investors moved back north and left their shattered dreams behind. The final straw came toward the end of the decade. A massive hurricane inflicted widespread damage and death across South Florida. The boom was over.

Florida sank into decades of doldrums that did not begin to dissipate until after World War Two.

Many small Florida towns had tall hotels, relics of the glory days of the real estate boom. Prospective lot purchasers and binder boys stayed in these hotels, and many of these old buildings remain to this day.

The picture above is of the Grand Hotel in Lake Wales. It still stands in 2015 as a reminder of those booming times.

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Aug 08, 2016
Bok Tower Gardens
by: Anonymous

More than just " a little place to visit" Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Shrine and the Gardens have won state and international awards. This is both a National and Florida Treasure and needs a full day to enjoy.


Our page on Lake Wales says the town itself is a "great little place to visit after your communion with the serenity of Bok Tower".

Your comment indicates you might not have read our page on Bok Tower. We agree with your assessment on that page.

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