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Dick Pope: Father of Florida Tourism

Posted on: Aug 24, 2007 @ 8:54:17 am

Dick Pope, the self-described "Salesman of Sunny Florida," carved a lakeside garden out of a swamp during the Great Depression. By 1938, Cypress Gardens had over 8,000 varieties of tropical and subtropical plants from all over the world, and electric boats toured the carefully landscaped park on the shores of Lake Eloise.
Over time, Pope's publicity talents helped to build central Florida into the tourism mecca that it is today.
To learn more about Dick Pope, and to view photographs and artifacts related to his life and legacy, come see the full display in the Library. The exhibit is scheduled to run through the middle of December.

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