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Lake Eola Park

Lake Eola Park is the most historic and widely recognized symbol of the city of Orlando.

It was established in 1883 as the city’s first public park after Orlando homesteaders Jacob and Fanny Summerlin donated the lake and some of the surrounding land to the city.

Read more about growing up on Lake Eola.

 

1950’s postcard of Grace Terrace Apartments and Motel Rooms located on Lake Eola at 240 E. Robinson Street in downtown Orlando. Grace Bowen, known for her care of the ducks at Lake Eola and her lovely Christmas decorations at Grace Terrace, owned the property which she rented to seasonal guests, who came each year to enjoy Orlando’s beauty and hospitality.

Explore the attached images and documents to learn more about the history of Lake Eola Park.

 

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Lake Eola postcard

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Lake Eola and Orlando Skyline - Postcard circa 1925 - front

Postcard 104348 Beautiful Florida Series: 0.40 Orlando, Florida, The City Beautiful "A view of the city, looking across Lake Eola." Published by Ashe...

Memorial Junior High School - Lake Eola

From Bob Keiser's yearbook donated to the library by his children, daughter Betty Jo Stockton and son Bob Kieser.

Lake Eola Pamphlet Cover

Lake Eola Park is the most historic and widely recognized symbol of the city of Orlando. It was established in 1883 as the...

Lake Eola Pamphlet Inside

Lake Eola Park is the most historic and widely recognized symbol of the city of Orlando. It was established in 1883 as the...

Betty and Corrie Cangelose at Lake Eola, 1945

1945 photo of Orlando native Betty Cangelose (Wheeler) with her mother, Corrie Cangelose, at Lake Eola. These photos were sent overseas to her...

Lake Eola Park, Orlando, Florida

Lake Eola is one of Orlando's oldest park, dedicated in 1883. Past uses included race track, fairgrounds and zoo.

Grace Terrace Apartments and Motel rooms on Lake Eola

1950's postcard of Grace Terrace Apartments and Motel Rooms located on Lake Eola at 240 E. Robinson Street in downtown Orlando. Grace Bowen,...

Cherry Plaza Hotel at Lake Eola

Front of postcard showing Cherry Plaza Hotel and Centennial Fountain at Lake Eola.

Cherry Plaza Hotel at Lake Eola

Postcard, circa 1960, of the Cherry Plaza Hotel at Lake Eola.

Lake Eola Park

Postcard of Lake Eola Park circa 1952.

Tropical Eola Park, Orlando, Fla. "The City Beautiful" - post card circa 1952

Postcard printed by the Orange News Co., Orlando, Fla. Genuine Curtreich-Chicago "C.T. Art Colortone" post card. Description on back: Orlando is one...

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Orlando Brief - Page 24 - Lake Eola

Page 24, Photo at bottom of page: Caption: A glimpse of Orlando's skyline across Lake Eola from the lily pond in Eola Park.


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