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Cypress Gardens
by Mary M. Flekke and Sarah E. MacDonald and Randall M. MacDonald


Overview - Florida's first theme park, Cypress Gardens, was the brainchild of Richard Downing Dick" Pope Sr. With his wife, Julie Downing Pope, he transformed a marshy, lakeside property in Winter Haven into a magnificent garden. The park's first visitors in 1936 toured pathways surrounded by lush plants from around the world.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Florida's first theme park, Cypress Gardens, was the brainchild of Richard Downing Dick" Pope Sr. With his wife, Julie Downing Pope, he transformed a marshy, lakeside property in Winter Haven into a magnificent garden. The park's first visitors in 1936 toured pathways surrounded by lush plants from around the world. Two years later, electric boats meandered through the park's winding, hand-dug canals. Water ski shows commenced in 1942, and the park became the "Water Ski Capital of the World." The Florida-shaped Esther Williams Swimming Pool still graces the shore of Lake Eloise. The park was a set for dozens of short feature films, a stage for beauty pageants, and a site for special television broadcasts. A butterfly garden, zoo, rides, and the small-town Southern Crossroads shopping and dining area remain popular features. Kent Buescher purchased Cypress Gardens in 2004, and today's expanded Cypress Gardens Adventure Park preserves the family-friendly appeal of Dick and Julie Pope's magnificent park."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780738543390
  • ISBN-10: 073854339X
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
  • Publish Date: November 2006
  • Page Count: 128
  • Dimensions: 9.26 x 6.5 x 0.36 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.72 pounds

Series: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)

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