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City of Lake Wales, Florida Depot Museum
0Terms & Definitions
1CSX Historic Corridor
2Atlantic Coast Line Depot
3Crystal Lodge
4Seaboard Air Line Depot
5Stuart-Dunn-Oliver House
6Old City Hall
7Dixie Walesbilt Hotel
8U.S. Post Office
9Lake Wales Town Clock
10Rhodesbilt Arcade
11J.T. Rhodes Building
12Western Union Building
13Lake Wales Pharmacy
14Caldwell-Temple Building
15Gibson Building
16Lake Wales State Bank
17Scenic Theater
18Bullard Building
19Crystal Lake Park
20Alexander Studio - Johnson Funeral Home
21Scott-Leeks Houses
22Stuart Park
23Bok Tower
25Chalet Suzanne
26Kirkland Gymnasium
27Tillman-Dowling House
28Johnson-Matteson House
29Jones-Sprott-Busbee House
30First Baptist Church
31Bullard-Rumfelt House
32Holy Spirit Catholic Church - Lake Wales Arts Center

note: this is a slightly abbreviated version of the Historic Architectural Tour. For the full tour, please visit the Depot Museum and pick up a detailed brochure


Historic Architectural Tour
CSX Historic Corridor

Nestled on the rare and beautiful "Lake Wales Ridge Scrub," the Historic Corridor showcases those natural and architectural wonders that make the Lake Wales area unique. Railroad right-of-way along the tracks which run parallel to Scenic Highway (S.R. 17), stretching from Polk Avenue on the south to the northern city limits, is used by the City of Lake Wales in agreement with CSX transportation. The Historic Corridor encompasses sites of great significance to Lake Wales' early history and development, as well as the railroad itself, upon which the City of Lake Wales was founded.

All of the National Register Historic Districts lie in close proximity to the CSX Historic Corridor. Situated on the east side of the corridor between Central Avenue and Polk Avenue are the Stuart-Dunn-Oliver House (1920), the Seaboard Airline Depot (1916), Crystal Lodge (1920), and the Atlantic Coastline Depot (1928). All of these historic buildings have been restored and serve today as museums, depicting the early life and development of the Lake Wales community.

~ Historic Lake Wales, by William R. Adams
Southern Heritage Press, © 1992