Celebrate Lake Placid
America's Most Interesting Town
Drum roll please!!!!! LAKE PLACID IS THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!!!
In 2013, Reader’s Digest voted Lake Placid ‘AMERICA’S MOST INTERESTING TOWN’. We are very proud to have this title, and it inspired this beautiful mural ‘Celebrate Lake Placid’.
This mural is a collage of several parts of the murals of Lake Placid. It embodies much of what Lake Placid is all about and what makes it so interesting. The lakes, the citrus, the caladiums, our endangered species, the cowmen, the Indians, and Dr. Melvil Dewey who invented the Dewey Decimal System, and in 1927, named the town Lake Placid after his beloved Lake Placid in New York.
What makes Lake Placid Florida unique among towns?
This small town is one and a half miles square and has approximately 1800 residents. It is nestled in the center of the state among the hills of Highlands County on the Lake Wales Ridge.
Lake Placid has the distinction of being known by many titles. It is known as the Town of Murals, with 45 larger than life historic murals forming an outdoor art gallery. Lake Placid is the Caladium Capital of the World, where 95% of the world’s caladiums are grown and shipped all over the world. The title of Florida’s Outstanding Rural Community, was earned by the mural society in 1996. The 27 beautiful pristine lakes that surround the town within seven miles give Lake Placid the title of Florida’s Lake Country. Lake Placid has the distinction of having more clowns per capita than any town in Florida, or for that matter maybe the country. This is due to the American Clown Museum and School, which graduated over 1500 clowns since its beginning in 1993.
The murals of Lake Placid are Internationally known and have appeared in publications all over the United States, Canada and the world, from Athens Greece, Chemainus B.C., the Czech Republic and England to name just a few.