Edward W. Bok, a Dutch immigrant, writer, publisher and humanitarian, built Bok Tower Gardens and dedicated it to the American People in 1929. His goal was to provide a sanctuary for people and animals alike. This National Historic Landmark, located on Florida's highest point - "Iron Mountain" at 298 metres above sea level - is invitingly quiet and serene. Surrounded by pools and winding pathways, the Singing Tower is a 225 foot stone and marble tower containing 57 bronze bells, which chime every half hour. A 45 minute carillon recital occurs daily at 3:00 PM.
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Here are two good pictures of Bok Tower.
Here are a couple different shots from the tower grounds - a blue heron by one of the pools and a swan.
Here's the front of the clock face and the top of the tower.
Some different tower shots.
According to legend, a long time ago a great Seminole chief wrestled down a fearsome gator who had been terrorizing the tribe. Their spirits have continued to battle over an area that is now the city of Lake Wales in Florida. In the last century, horses had to strain to pull wagons down this hill. In this century, motorists who visit Spook Hill, pull up to the line, place their car in neutral and feel it being pulled mysteriously back up the hill.
This is the large sign at Spook Hill and instructional sign. For the complete legend, see the link below.
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Here's some local links:
Lake Wales Historic District
Lake Wales Depot Museum
City of Lake Wales
Polk County Florida Online
Camp Mack on Kissimmee River
Pitstops of the Paranormal - Spook Hill
Spook Hill - Roadside America
The Legend of Spook Hill
Spook Hill, Lake Wales, Florida
Circle F Dude Ranch
World Skydiving Center
Lake Wales Art Center
Fantasy of Flight
Ridge Audubon Society
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