Today's mural from Lake Placid depicts the first bank robbery, in September, 1931.
Ten-year-old Grady Parrish was in the barbershop waiting for a haircut. A lady, Mrs. Loftin, who was getting her hair cut, pointed out two men passing by the shop wearing wigs - one red, one black. The young boy waited as long as he could before his curiosity got the best of him and he went outside to follow the men he thought were form the circus. By this time, the men had entered the Tropical State Bank and were holding up the bank manager and tellers.
Grady ran to tell his father, O.C. Parrish, who told him to go get the Marshall, Tom Bozeman. As Grady was running to Bozeman's home, he was yelling for the Marshall. Tom ran out the door strapping on his weapon. He stopped by the office, picked up a shotgun and proceeded to the bank, accompanied by Grady's father. Bozeman was forced to shoot one of the robbers as they were tryig to make their getaway. Bozeman was rewarded with $100 by the bank and young Grady received $10.00 for his part in foiling the crime.
The mural is 48' wide and 8' high and is painted on the spot where the Tropical State Bank was located. The original building was destroyed in a 1991 fire.
As with most murals in the town of Lake Placid, this one has hidden objects - three "$" signs. I have never managed to find all of the hidden items! But, it does make for a fun day of looking closely at the murals!
This post is linked to Monday Murals. Be sure to visit for more murals!