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Lake Placid

Highlands County

Year Founded: 1927


The town was initially called Lake Stearns. It was founded in 1924 through a citrus development enterprise begun by A. H. DeVane, E.E. Stewart and Ernest Morrow. The town’s name was changed, transplanted intact from upper New York State, when the Lake Placid Club (famous site of winter sports) chose this site for its semi-tropical branch. Melvil Dewey, inventor of the widely adopted system of library classification, founded the club.

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