Monday, May 14, 2012

Tropical Bank Robbery

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!

21 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Excellent mural...and the saga behind it all with its history was most interesting today.

Loved your upward/gaining post below this too Linda.


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Nancy said...

What a fabulous mural, Linda. Now I want to find those $$$ signs. :)

VioletSky said...

The expression on young Grady's face is shows all the urgency and fear he must have felt.

Dianna said...

What a neat mural! I bet Grady was excited to get that $10 - wonder what he bought with it....?

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Cool mural Linda! Ima searching for those $ signs :)

Jan n Jer said...

Loved the story behind the Mural. I bet Grady thought he was rich getting $10 back then!

EG CameraGirl said...

Lots of action in this mural, that's for sure!

TexWisGirl said...

glad you explained the story. the wigs looked odd on that mural. :)

onespoiledcat said...

WOW...what an "exciting" mural with a fabulous back story. Love the artist's style - perfectly delightful.

Pam (and Sam)

onespoiledcat said...

WOW...what an "exciting" mural with a fabulous back story. Love the artist's style - perfectly delightful.

Pam (and Sam)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Brilliant mural and story Linda, you know I had to bring the image in closer and see if I could find any of the $ signs, no luck haha!

eileeninmd said...

What a neat mural and story. It would be fun looking for the $ signs.

Red said...

A great mural and story to go along with it. Towns that promote murals are in the ball park from my point of view.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

You did a great job capturing the intense emotion of this story in this mural. The style looks a lot like that developed by the Regional artists like Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. Wonderful capture. Thank you for participating in this week's Monday Mural.

Dyanna said...

fun story!

ZielonaMila said...

The interesting story and interesting photographs. I am greeting

La Principessa Errante said...

What a fascinating story. The mural is beautifully executed.

Andy said...

I'm with everyone else... WOW! The mural and your narrative is like a short book. I can only see one $ on the front of the car.

Francisca said...

That's quite the story, both on the wall and in your narrative!

Francisca said...

That's quite the story, both on the wall and in your narrative!

Rita said...

Love it when I get the back story on a mural. This is one exciting story and a lovely mural to go with it.