During one of our exploring day trips, we drove 5 miles down the road to Lake Placid to walk the town and check out the murals.
It was fantastic! The town has 44 authorized murals on the side of building through the small town. It really was unique and beautiful! And a great way to spend a couple of hours walking around.
We started at the "Mural Art Gallery" at the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce / Welcome Center.
After watching the 10 minute video we looked around the gallery.
Before leaving, we purchased our $3 mural guide and started our walkabout to find the murals. There are 44 'authorized' murals and a few rogue ones on buildings and offices and such.
Here are a few:
#4 - Decades of Green Dragon Basketball, #5 Honoring Early Physicians, #19 Eddie Mae Henderson and #34 Train Depot.
Remember the Dewey Decimal System back when you had to learn how to use the library? Dr. Melvil Dewey was from Lake Placid NY and he convinced the Florida State legislature to change the name of the town from Lake Stearns FL to Lake Placid FL.
#32 displays one of the larger murals in town: Our Citrus Heritage. Central Florida has had the citrus industry up and running since 1845. Today Highland County has over 10 million trees and roughly 14% of the fruit throughout Florida.
One of my favorite was the two clown murals on the American Clown Museum walls. In 1991 the clown school opened up in a local hospital and it has grown ever since. Today, over 2,000 clowns have graduated from the school.
Other murals in town include ones depicting boxing, paying tribute to Annie Hill a nurse mid-wife, the Boy Scouts and one noting the Tropical State Bank Robbery in September 1931.
As if murals weren't enough, the town has many unique "Artistic Trash Containers. Also a few "Birds Around Town" and some clowns in unsuspecting places.
A number of murals depict wildlife including black bears, Florida panthers, supposed elephants from long ago, turkeys, Sandhill cranes and red wolves.
If you get a chance to see the murals of Lake Placid - it is well worth it.
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