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Updated: 05/04/2014 08:00:02AM

Alligator wrestling and a singing tower

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It was the summer of 1938 or ’39. We piled noisily into the old yellow school bus. The camp counselor said we were going to the Singing Tower. Would it be as good as Silver Springs, where, the previous week, we had watched Ross Allen wrestle an alligator? “What made a tower sing?” I wondered.

It was nine years since editor and author Edward Bok’s tower had been completed on “Iron Mountain” — the high, sand hill outside the Lake Wales community of Mountain Lake. The gardens were well on their way to creating the sanctuary that flourishes today. The great oak canopy that frames the tower had yet to reach maturity.

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