Lake Placid was 85 Years Old in 2012
In 2012 we celebrated Lake Placid's 85th birthday. Just in time for our birthday year, Lake Placid Florida and Lake Placid New York have become sister cities. This is 85 years in the making. Dr. Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal system, came to Lake Stearns, Florida looking for a warmer climate.
Years before he had started the Lake Placid Club in the Adirondacks of Lake Placid New York. Now in his later years, he felt the need to find a warm place to bring his club members for the winter months. After looking all over the state of Florida, he met Walter Coachman, CEO of Consolidated Naval Land Company, who invited him to Lake Stearns. Dr. Dewey was so excited about the area that he decided to build his club here. One of the first orders of business was to petition town council to change the name to Lake Placid. In addition he changed the name of three of our lakes, Lake June in Winter, Lake Placid, and Mirror Lake, to correspond with those found in Lake Placid, New York. He was instrumental in talking the Atlantic Coast Line RR into building a beautiful new depot, and he had the water tower built, which we still use today. Dewey died here in Lake Placid on December 26, 1931, at the age of 80.