The Hotel was named after the Haines city father who built it, but today the once delux interior is party obsured by the business of the modestly endowed Bible college. Thanks to my hosts however, I was able to take these images. Four of these are from the first floor lobby area, while the last is of the windows in the now empty top floor penthouse...more
The Polk Hotel is now occupied by the Landmark Bible College. The building is the tallest in the central Haines City area and is off both architecture and historic interest. The 9 story Italian Rennaisance building attracted my eye early on in my walk, so the opportunity to go in and up to the top was worth extra effort. In addition to its...more
Lake Eva and Lake Tracy are about the same size, but Lake Eva seemed much larger. I couldn't walk around it in the time that I had. Lake Eva has a nice sand beach and park on the north end. Elsewhere the lake is mostly bordered by large residential properties, and private docks. The east side appeared very nicely bordered by a sandbar, marsh...more
Lake Tracy is one of many lakes in the Sand Ridge region, and one of two sizeable large ones, where boating is possible, close to the old center of Haines City. I pretty much walked all sides of this lake, which is between Hwy 17 and the old downtown. Residential homes surround most of the lake, with a small boat landing and the citris grower...more
Around the central square where the farmer's market is held are a number of two story commercial buildings of mostly ordinary architecture that date back to before the 1920's when Haines City was a booming agricultural industry town and rail depot. In the square itself is a donated brick plaza that includes a donation from President Bill Clinton....more
3200 State Road 546 E, Haines City, FL 33844
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605 B Moore Road, Haines City, Florida, 33844, United States
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1504 US 27 SOUTH, Haines City, FL 33844
I walked for awhile before I could find a local restaurant worth considering, and that was open. Homestyle Chicken and Fish did come highly recommended though. I ordered a 3 piece catfish filet meal that included cold slaw and french fries. I also asked for a small order of fried okra, and then included an unsweetened ice tea with lemon as my drink. This was plenty of food. I could have simply ordered the 2 piece dinner. I walked to the central plaza near the railroad depot to eat my food. The catfish wasn't greasy, as the corn batter was slightly on the dry side like I like it. The french fries were sizeable and not greasy either. The little balls of deep fried okra were just OK, nothing special here. Hours: M-Th & Sat 9:30am - 10:00pm, Fri 9:30am to 11pm.
The Citgo Truck Plaza on Hwy 17 is where I left my big rig. There's a good restaurant buffet here, but I didn't use the showers. The bathrooms were down half the time I was there. Anyway, this place provides a good landmark for finding your way back into the old downtown off of Hwy 17. Needless to say, I didn't spend any time in the "new" part of...more
There's a local bus system that runs around town called W.H.A.T (Winter Haven Area Transit). I didn't use it as I walked just within the old central core of the city. Some locals may not even be aware of the system but it's there and I did see a bus go by. I think it costs $1-.more
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Apparently, the city has managed to attract redevelopment money for the center of the city based partly on its ability spread out suburbs around it. These images are about a project near Lake Eva. I have also among these images a detail of the bank building that once financed the boom town days.
As I walked through a neighborhood of Haines City, poor white young adults eyed me suspiciously. I was told at the Bible College that drug use and unemployment are serious problems in the Haines City center area. Overall though, I didn't see anything to fear during my walk, except the horrible spelling I found on this sign :-)