Miracle Strip:Blend of History ad Good Life July 15, 1973

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NAPLES DAILY JYEWS Sun., July 15. 1973 3 Miracle Strip: Blend Of History And Good Life EDEN MANSION -- Eden Mansion, surrounded by reflecting pools, moss-draped oaks and lush gardens, was built in 1895 by lumber baron William Henry Wesley. Legend says he modeled his house after one in which he was given shelter on his way home from the War between the Slates. Today, Eden Mansion and gardens is a part of the Florida state park system. The Miracle Strip, a 100-mile slrelch where aquamarine waters of Ihe Gulf of Mexico break gently over sugar-while, sandy beaches, is a blend of the historic Florida of c e n t u r i e s past and the 20th c e n t u r y ' s good life. Eastern gateway to one of the Sunshine Slate's most popular "[·'unliers" is Panama Cily, which began as a sleepy little Gulf Coast town and grew into one of Ihe most dynamic tourist meccas of Northwest Florida. With 2.3 miles touted as Ihe world's most beautiful beaches for a backdrop, Long Beach Resort and the Miracle S t r i p Amusement Park in West Panama Cily Beach reflect an atmosphere of seaside carnival fun for the young and young at hearl. For camping and skin diving enthusiasts, SI. Andrews Stale Park, with 1,022 acres overlooking the bay and gulf, offers superb recreational facilities in a setting of windswept pines. An unusual attraction in the nark is (he old turpentine still, similar to those that were in operation in Florida during World War II. Freshwater and saltwater anglers get the best of both worlds at Deer Point Reservoir, a 5,000-acre lake impounded by a dam. Because of its location, w i t h the dam separating the reservoir's water from (hat of the North Bay, anglets may cast to one side for freshwater fish or to the other for saltwater species. One of the perennial favorites for campers is Grayton Beach State Park, where magnolias, oaks and pines grow through the snowy white dunes. Out of Ihe pages of "Gone With Ihe Wind" stands Eden Mansion and Slate Gardens in Point Washington. The grandeur of a gracious bygone era surrounds Ihe white-columned Greek Revival manor, set under a canopy of huge, nioss- draped oaks and filled with antiques and family heirlooms of its former owner. Destin, in the heart of Ihe Miracle S t r i p , is one of the world's renowned f i s h i n g villages. It retains the New England atmosphere of its founder, Capt. Leonard Destin, a pioneer of the snapper fishing industry. The biggest attraction is blllfish. The Miracle Strip is an unparalleled big-game fishing frontier for blue marlin, while marlin and sailfish, and It is one of (he few places In the world where all three species may be found within a single area. Across Destin Pass, Fort Walton Beach, among the newest of the Sunshine State's family resorts, provides vacation fun. Situated among numerous bays, bayous and miles of sun- bleached while beaches, the resort offers swimming, boating, f i s h i n g , skin and scuba diving, water and sand-skiing and surfing. Although I'ort Walton Beach is comparatively new among Florida resorts, the blue Gulf waters and glistening beaches have attracted v i s i t o r s for more than 3,000 years. Rem- n a n t s of the past have been discovered in I n d i a n mounds and cemeteries throughout the area. Artifacts are displayed at the Temple Mound Museum, situated atop a mound that was the village meeting place for a native culture around 1500 A.R. The Gullarium, Fort Walton Beach's "Living Sea," is directly on the Gulf Beach and offers both entertainment and education. The 60,000-gallon lank is a home for citizens of the sea, including loggerhead turtles and cow-nosed rays. Eglin Air Force Base, the world's largest USAF base in land area, houses the interesting Climatic Laboratory, where material and equipment arc tested at temperatures ranging from -65 degrees to 165 degrees. Semiweekly (ours are conducted through (he laboratory during the summer months. Some 50 miles west of Fort Wallon Beach lies Pcnsacola, one of the nation's oldest cities, where soldiers of five countries have stood sentry on wind- whipped beaches. Fort Pickens, one remnant of Ihe c i t y ' s m i l i t a r y past, was involved in every major U. S. conflict from the Civil War lo World War II. Now only ghosts of soldiers and I n d i a n s roam the dusty, great arches of Fort Pickens, except w h e n N a t i o n a l Park Service guides conduct special lours. The H i s t o r i c Pensacola Preservation Hoard lias set aside a 37-square-block area, Seeing Florida centering around Seville Square, to preserve one of the nation's most historical sites. A r c h i t e c t u r a l styles range from Ihe simple shotgun house lo the elaborate steamboat house, which features wood- lace trim. The Barkley House, a rambling English manor, was once owned by W i l l i a m Panton, America's f i r s t m i l l i o n a i r e . The Walton House is named after the widow of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. And (he Quina WORLD ALMANAC FACTS Joseph Pulitzer, an Americ a n n e w s p a p e r p u b l i s h e r , established the Pulitzer Prizes for meritorious achievements in j o u r n a l i s m , letters and music. The World A l m a n a c notes t h a t t h e p r i z e s have been awarded annually since 1917 " f o r the encour- a g e m e n t of p u b l i c s e r v i c e , public murals. American l i t e r a t u r e a n d the a d v a n c e - ment of education." Copfi Qlil 1973 with a low cost ANT AD Apothecary is a 1910 drug store with displays of old Southern- style medicinal cures, herbs and potions. Probably (he most popular example of blending the old with the new is Seville Quarter, a complete entertainment and dining arcade complex in the heart of the historical district. Rosie O'Grady's Warehouse Inc. portrays (he showboat era. CoopersmUh's Galley serves family-style lunches and dinners in a selling of antiques from all over the world. I.ill Marlene's is a World War I aviators' pub built in Ihe grandest of Victorian pub tradition. Gas lamps and street lights t h r o u g h o u t Seville Q u a r t e r once lighted the streets of Birmingham, England. The Naval Museum in Pensacola, the cradle of naval a v i a t i o n , presents relics and memorabilia of U. S. naval aviation. On display is an impressive collection of a i r c r a f t , aircraft engines, aviation ordinances, space e x h i b i t s and historical photos. At Blackwatcr River State Forest, outdoor enthusiasts are discovering a treasure trove of pleasure. H u n t i n g , f i s h i n g , camping, s w i m m i n g and h i k i n g are but a few of the activities found among the many miracles of nature throughout the Miracle S t r i p in Florida Caverns Stale Park in Marian- mi. The b e a u t i f u l network of large and s m a l l caves, some discovered and some vet lo lc discovered, compare in variety and beauty w i t h any of the world's natural wonders. An excellent way to explore Ihe upper section of the Miracle Strip is by canoe. Of Florida's 16 eslablished canoe trails, five arc in the Miracle Strip. One of the region's t r a i follows the Yellow River sit u a t e d near Creslview and offers 50 miles of some of the finest canoeing in the South. NOW SHOWING! The Purr-feet Zip-A-Dee- Ooo-DahFun-fest! A humble radiant terrific movie. Charlotte's Web In Color NAPLES THEATRE Feature Times | Call 642-2856 South TEChMCQ'.On* C*i" Ci-*j r.^.x.ii - Situiday Sunday - Bo» Office Opens 1:45 Features 2:00-3:30-5:10 6:30-8:15-9:30 Special Late Show Saturday Only! Box Office Opens 11:45 kiiuj CM,in GULF GATE REMUDA RANCH ALL AMERICAN FAVORITES DINNER SPECIALS FRIDAY JULY 13th 4 to 9:30 PM SUNDAY JULY 1 5th 1 to 9:30 PM 3 94

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  1. The Naples Daily News,
  2. 15 Jul 1973, Sun,
  3. Page 45

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