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By Robert Connors
Lake Wales Heritage 

Restoring a Vision


Last updated 6/24/2020 at 12:15pm

Lake Wales has long been known as "The Crown Jewel of the Ridge," but that didn't happen by accident. It took the efforts of Edward Bok and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. While many are familiar with Bok, the name of Olmsted, arguably the more significant historic figure, is an enigma.

It was Olmsted who designed Bok's famous gardens, as well as Mountain Lake, and scores of private landscapes there. It was Olmsted who designed the Colony House, and our familiar Town Clock. And it was Olmsted who planned the signature trees that still, after 90 years, mark many of our city streets.

Olmsted was a...

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