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 ...

Cypress Gardens 2006, Arcadia Publishing (SC), Charleston, SC

ISBN-13: 9780738543390

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Cypress Gardens 2006, Arcadia Publishing Library Editions

ISBN-13: 9781531626396