May 13, The Galloping Ghost of Indian Lake Estates
By Mike Miller, Mount Dora, Florida
Florida has been one of the fastest growing states in the USA for many years. It’s forests, prairies, and wetlands are home to many sprawling communities that began as mail order lot sales programs.
Some of those sales programs were unsuccessful, and one that comes to mind is Indian Lake Estates.
In 1955 a developer bought a 12 square mile tract of land in the wilderness between Lake Wales and Yeehaw Junction on State Road 60, paying about $35 per acre.
Indian Lake Estates Aerial Showing Golf Course and Red Grange Boulevard
He planned an exclusive community of 15,000 residents with a golf course, country club, and marina on Lake Walk-In-Water (also known as Lake Weohyakapka. He spent millions digging canals, 200 miles of roads, a golf course, several model homes and a sales center.
The project didn’t work, and went bankrupt in the 1960s. Today less than 1,000 people live there and most of the 8,000 lots are still vacant. Most residents live on the golf course.
The most famous of those residents was Red Grange who lived there from 1959 until his death at age 87 in 1991.
Harold “Red” Grange