This mural, located on the side of Davis Chiropractic, is 38' long and 8' high. It tells the story of the beginning of the caladium story in Lake Placid. "Captain" T.W.Webb was one of the first caladium growers in the 1930's. Capt. Webb discovered these bulbs, native to the Amazon River Valley of South America, on a visit to Tampa. He brought some of them home, put them in the ground, and some 80 years later, the sale of caladiums represents a multi-million dollar industry and the bulbs are sold around the world.
In addition to cultivating his 10 acres of caladiums, he also opened the town's first service station in 1924. This was the only station between Sebring and West Palm Beach. His Studebaker was one of the first cars in town. He also sponsored Golden Gloves boxing and built a boxing ring next to the service station to give folks something fun to do or watch. They called the events "The Thursday Night Fights".
In addition to all of this - he was the town's first Boy Scout Scoutmaster! I think it is entirely fitting that he have his very own mural!
Linking to Monday Murals.