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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lakeland, Florida

Clickable Map of Polk County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Polk County, FL (116) Hardee County, FL (4) Highlands County, FL (7) Hillsborough County, FL (327) Lake County, FL (51) Manatee County, FL (105) Okeechobee County, FL (7) Orange County, FL (163) Osceola County, FL (79) Pasco County, FL (73) Sumter County, FL (59)  PolkCounty(116) Polk County (116)  HardeeCounty(4) Hardee County (4)  HighlandsCounty(7) Highlands County (7)  HillsboroughCounty(327) Hillsborough County (327)  LakeCounty(51) Lake County (51)  ManateeCounty(105) Manatee County (105)  OkeechobeeCounty(7) Okeechobee County (7)  OrangeCounty(163) Orange County (163)  OsceolaCounty(79) Osceola County (79)  PascoCounty(73) Pasco County (73)  SumterCounty(59) Sumter County (59)
Bartow is the county seat for Polk County
Lakeland is in Polk County
      Polk County (116)  
      Hardee County (4)  
      Highlands County (7)  
      Hillsborough County (327)  
      Lake County (51)  
      Manatee County (105)  
      Okeechobee County (7)  
      Orange County (163)  
      Osceola County (79)  
      Pasco County (73)  
      Sumter County (59)  
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1Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — ‘Mute Swan Protecting Her Cygnets’by Ian G. Brennan 2012
Ian G. Brennan, Sculptor to the ‘Most noble Order of the Garter” and “Most Honourable Order of the Bath’, has been a contemporary sculptor and woodcarver to the British Royal Household since 1989. ‘Mute Swan . . . Map (db m131271) HM
2Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — “The Greatest Generation”
Dedicated to those men and women who served in the armed forces of the United States of America during the Second World War. We honor those Twentieth Century Americans who took up a great struggle and made the sacrifices to perpetuate the gift our . . . Map (db m193517) WM
3Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — 320th Bombardment Group (M)
When Drane Field opened during World War II, the first combat-bound Air Force unit to train here was the 320th Bombardment Group (M), flying B-26 Marauder medium bombers. The Group arrived here August 7, 1942, after having been activated at MacDill . . . Map (db m93357) HM
4Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — 9/11 Memorial[Veterans Memorial Park]
On September 11, 2001 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. The twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City were a . . . Map (db m193708) WM
5Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — F-52 — Acton Community
In 1884, a group of Englishmen established Acton, named after English author Lord Acton, two miles east of Lakeland. Acton lasted from 1884 until 1894 when its residents scattered after the great freeze. During its decade of existence the town had . . . Map (db m51543) HM
6Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Allen Kryger(1935 – 2002)
Allen Kryger was a scientist and local businessman who specialized in supplying citrus flavoring. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received a doctorate of organic chemistry from Iowa State University. Dr. . . . Map (db m130568) HM
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7Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Boeing 307 Stratoliner 1939Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum
Once owned by Howard Hughes, the craft was converted to a “planeboat” after sustaining catastrophic damage during Hurricane Cleo (1964). Donated by Dave Drummer Map (db m193391) HM
8Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Boeing 727 “Tampa Bay Pacemaker”Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum
This aircraft was donated by the FedEx corporation and painted to resemble the iconic Piedmont Tampa Bay Pacemaker. After the aircraft’s retirement, it is utilized by our High School students as the only “fully functional Boeing 727 classroom” in . . . Map (db m193396) HM
9Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Brown PlazaSoutheastern University
James Donnell Brown and D’Ann Brown James Donnell Brown (1930-1991) grew up in Alabama, and although his ministry would later take him throughout the world, he always had a sense of gratitude for his southeast heritage. James married . . . Map (db m130369) HM
10Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — C-47 “SkyTrain”[Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum]
This is the military version of the DC-3. The C-47 has the unique distinction of participating in the Berlin Airlift in the late 1940s.Map (db m193323) HM
11Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — PCHC-016 — Circle B Bar Ranch
The shore of Lake Hancock was home to this region's first settlers. In 1949, Al and Betty Bellotto bought a portion of this property and founded the Cattle B Bar Ranch. Their success in the citrus and cattle industries and desire to conserve open . . . Map (db m94176) HM
12Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Cirrus VK-30Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum
There were only 12 VK-30s built. However, the design was used in the Cirrus SR20 and SR22.Map (db m193401) HM
13Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Combat Wounded VeteransMilitary Order of the Purple Heart — 1782-1932 —
Dedicated to all men and women wounded in all our wars Combat Wounded Veterans Military Order of the Purple Heart 1782 - 1932
My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear . . . Map (db m193480) WM
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14Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Convair F2Y F “SeaDart”[Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum]
There were only 5 Convair F2Y SeaDarts made. This is the only seaplane to have exceeded the speed of sound.Map (db m193384) WM
15Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Global War on Terrorism Freedom MemorialVeterans Memorial Park
Global War on Terrorism Freedom Memorial Dedicated to our Veterans & their families Polk County, Florida On September 11, 2001, police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians (EMTS) came together as one . . . Map (db m195085) HM WM
16Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Grumman F-14-D “Tomcat”[Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum]
The F-14 first flew in December 1970, replacing the F-4 Phantom II. The F-14 served as the U.S. Navy’s primary maritime air superiority fighter into the 1990s. The Tomcat was retired from the U.S. Navy’s active fleet on 22 September 2006, having . . . Map (db m193383) WM
17Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Hennesy PlazaSoutheastern University
Dr. James L. and Margaret Hennesy led the advancement of Southeastern College from 1980 through 1998. Natives of Camden, Arkansas and Mobile, Alabama, the couple married in 1955 and began their ministry as evangelists in the southeastern and . . . Map (db m131273) HM
18Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Homer PlazaSoutheastern University
Cyril E. Homer, D.D. Cyril E. Homer D.D., served as president of South-Eastern Bible College from 1955 to 1958 and again from 1970 to 1979. Well-respected and appreciated by students and faculty alike, Dr Homer was known simply as . . . Map (db m131058) HM
19Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Kelly GardensSoutheastern University
Dr. Charles Kelly and Eloise Kelly Dr. Charles Kelly is a 1964 graduate of Southeastern University. He has served forty-five years as an Assemblies of God minister and pastured two churches prior to being elected to the position of . . . Map (db m130562) HM
20Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Lambert PlazaSoutheastern University
Vaudie V. Lambert and Lillian Lambert Reverend Vaudie V. Lambert Jr., served over 50 years as an Assemblies of God minister. For 23 of those years he and his wife Lillian pastured churches in Alabama and Florida. His last pastorate, . . . Map (db m131057) HM
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21Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Lodwick School of Aeronautics
On September 14, 1940, the Lodwick School of Aeronautics began flight instruction in Lakeland by contract with the United States Army Air Corps. Owned and operated by Albert Irvin Lodwick, the school had an initial enrollment of 40 cadets, a peak . . . Map (db m94173) HM
22Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — MiG-21 MF 1970Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum
Approximately 60 countries across 4 continents have flown the Russian designed supersonic jet. With 13,996 produced, the MiG-21 holds the record for being the most produced supersonic aircraft. #7708 served in the Slovak Air Force before retiring . . . Map (db m193387) HM
23Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Munn Park
Munn Park was established in 1884 as a town square in Lakeland's first subdivision, the original Munn's Subdivision. Later the entire block was dedicated by Abraham Munn as a "Public Square" in perpetuity, to forever remain in public ownership. . . . Map (db m53649) HM
24Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Munn Park Historic District
The Munn Park Historic District contains the area's largest concentration of early commercial buildings and public spaces. The development of the district spans the entire history of Lakeland with the first major settlement beginning in 1885. The . . . Map (db m53647) HM
25Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — No Longer the Forgotten WarVeterans Memorial Park
Dedicated to the 1,600,000 Americans who served in the Korean War from June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953. Often called “The Forgotten War”, the Korean War was one of the bloodiest in history. Over 136,000 Americans were killed or wounded in battles at . . . Map (db m193661) WM
26Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Operations Desert Shield/Desert StormVeterans Memorial Park
“This will not stand, this aggression against Kuwait.” President George H.W. Bush
On 2 August 1990 the Iraqi Army invaded and occupied Kuwait, which was met with international condemnation and . . . Map (db m193666) HM WM
27Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — PA-47 “Piper Jet”Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum
This is the prototype Piper Jet Total Produced: 1 First Flight: July 2008 Cancelled: October 2011Map (db m193402) HM
28Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Pearl Harbor MemorialVeterans Memorial Park
… we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vein… Remember Dec. 7th! Images of the attack from top to left clockwise Photo #1: A 1942 poster by Allen Sandburg, issued by the office of War . . . Map (db m196999) WM
29Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Polk County Confederate MonumentCSA — 1861      1865 —
Confederate Dead (Left face) In memory of that noble band, who have crossed the mystic stream, and are resting now in that happy land, where peace and pleasure reign supreme. The heroic deeds will never fade, from memory's brightest . . . Map (db m54454) HM
30Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — 93000446 — Polk Theatre and Office Building
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m53623) HM
31Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Price Memorial FountainSoutheastern University
Reverend Donald E. Price served approximately forty years as an Assemblies of God minister, including twenty years as a pastor. He spent eleven of those years at his last pastorate, Callaway Assembly of God in Panama City. Married to his high . . . Map (db m130227) HM
32Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Private James H. MillsMedal of Honor Recipient — Veterans Memorial Park —
Private James H. Mills Company F 15th Infantry United States Army May 3, 1923 - November 11, 1973 ★ ★ Medal of Honor For Conspicuous Gallantry May 24, 1944 Cisterna Di Littoria, Italy The . . . Map (db m197294) WM
33Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Republic of Vietnam1961 - 1975
Dedicated to those who contributed to the security of the United States through honorable military service to the Republic of Vietnam. More than 300,000 service members were wounded, over 58,000 killed and almost 2,000 remain missing in action. . . . Map (db m193664) WM
34Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Second Mass. Infantry CampMay 17-30, 1898
Camp Massachusetts, one of the five encampments in Lakeland during the Spanish-American War, bordered part of Lake Morton. Pvt. Wesley S. Brass, of Company I, died here and was given "a funeral that a Marshal of France might have deserved..." The . . . Map (db m51437) HM
35Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Serving Those Who ServedVeterans Memorial Park
Dedicated to Polk County veterans and organizations serving veterans of the armed forces of the United States of America All Gave Some Some Gave All Veterans Service Organizations (left side) Military Order of the Purple Heart Ch . . . Map (db m197307) WM
36Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Site of the Camp of The 10th Cavalry, The “Buffalo Soldiers”May 14th – June 7, 1898
The 10th Cavalry, one of four all black regiments in the regular army at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, camped at this site on the shore of Lake Wire in the spring of 1898 while awaiting transport to Cuba to fight in the Spanish-American . . . Map (db m130419) HM
37Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — PCHC-019 — The Carpenters' Home
The Carpenters' Home was the retirement home for members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America from 1929 to 1976. The Union completed the purchase of the 1,684 acre site in April 1924. Costing $632,393, the site included 594 . . . Map (db m100435) HM
38Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — F-275 — The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus of Florida Southern College
At Florida Southern College is located the largest collection of buildings on one site ever created by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America's foremost architects. Wright's plan for the campus is the only tangible example of his community planning . . . Map (db m13632) HM
39Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — The Great African American Generation[Veterans Memorial Park]
This monument pays tribute to all of those Polk County African Americans who served in World War II. Their service to the country would continue long after the battlefields of World War II grew silent. More than one and a half million . . . Map (db m193707) HM WM
40Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — The Moorehead Community
In the early 1880's one of Lakeland's first settlements developed on these 35 acres. Railroad laborers working on the Henry B. Plant railroad lines and other African-Americans moved here to begin construction in 1882 on a railroad line from Tampa . . . Map (db m198387) HM
41Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — The Oates Building
    The Oates Building is a prime example of Florida "Boom Time" architecture, expressed in the Mediterranean Revival style. Built in 1925 by Mr. Alvah Y. Oates, the building was designed by noted Florida and local architect E.C. . . . Map (db m55289) HM
42Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — F-457 — The Sorosis Club Building
In 1922 the Sorosis Club or sorority, a women's club in Lakeland, was organized. Named after the first incorporated women's club in America, the Sorosis Club of New York, the Sorosis Club's mission included service to the community, as well as . . . Map (db m51933) HM
43Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — F-414 — The Women's Club of Lakeland59 Lake Morton Drive
The Women’s Club of Lakeland was organized in 1912. In 1923 the club purchased this property as the site for its clubhouse. W.B.Talley, a Lakeland architect, designed this colonial revival building in 1927 and in 1928 construction was completed by . . . Map (db m67657) HM
44Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Thomas B. Mack Park
Thomas B. Mack was an author, educator and collector in the fields of horticulture, citrus and garden design. In 1951 he began a long horticultural teaching career at Florida Southern College specializing in citrus. In 1997 he was inducted into the . . . Map (db m130421) HM
45Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Veterans Memorial[Veterans Memorial Park]
Dedicated to the memory of all men and women who served our country in defense of freedom all of America’s wars and conflicts For your tomorrow they gave their today Map (db m193693) WM
46Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — Women Veterans of World War IIVeterans Memorial Park
Honoring women who performed service to the United States of America during World War II. Army and Navy Nurse Corps Women’s Army Corps (WACs) Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) Navy (WAVES) Coast Guard (SPARs) Marine . . . Map (db m193677) HM WM
47Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — World War II Prisoners of War
“People who have not lost their freedom don’t know what freedom really means. We must all work and fight to keep our freedom.” Honoring those who served our country and all who sacrificed their lives for our freedom . . . Map (db m193489) WM
48Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — XFV-1 “The Salmon”[Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum]
This aircraft was built by Lockheed in the early 1950s to demonstrate the operation of a vertical takeoff and landing fighter for protecting convoys. Lockheed Chief Test Pilot Herman “Fish” Salmon piloted the first test flight on June 16, . . . Map (db m193336) HM
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Sep. 27, 2022