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Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attractions (Florida History and Culture) chapter 1 Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attractions (Florida History and Culture), meaning Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attractions (Florida History and Culture), genre Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attractions (Florida History and Culture), book cover Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attractions (Florida History and Culture), flies Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attractions (Florida History and Culture), Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attractions (Florida History and Culture) 77e4b51336144 In The Postwar Explosion Of Domestic Tourism, Weeki Wachee Spring Offered The Quintessential Vacation Fantasy, A City Of Colorful Mermaids In A Natural Crystal Spring Right Off The West Coast Highway In A Sparsely Inhabited Florida In Those Early Days, The Mermaids Had To Stand Alongside The Highway To Flag Travelers Down, But Once Word Of Their Charms Got Out, Travelers Headed South To Playgrounds In Miami, Ft Lauderdale, And Tampa Found Weeki Wachee A Tantalizing Detour From The Grueling Two Lane Road Connecting Vacationland With The Work A Day World To The North Vickers Shows How That Local Novelty Became A Stellar International AttractionFounded In By Walton Hall Smith And Newt Perry, Weeki Wachee And Its Featured Attraction, Mermaids, Combined The Allure Of Pinup Girls With The Wholesome Talents Of Variety Entertainers To Create A Daily Schedule Of Underwater Acts Ranging From Eating Bananas And Performing Ballet To Staging Underwater Musicals For Nearly Years, These Mermaids With Their Underwater Talents Have Attracted Crowds Of Vacationers, Film Crews, And Celebrities Drawing On Extensive Archival Research As Well As Interviews With Dozens Of Mermaids And Other Park Employees, Vickers Traces The Park S Rise To Prominence Brilliantly Illustrated With Stunning Photos, The Resulting Work Shows What It Was Like To Be A Mermaid At Weeki Wachee In Its Heyday


10 thoughts on “Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attractions (Florida History and Culture)

  1. says:

    I couldn t resist buying Weeki Wachee city of mermaids, A History of One of Florida s oldest Roadside Attractions I had wanted to see the famed mermaids as a young girl but it wasn t until I was an adult in Florida with my husband to view a shuttle launch that on a whim we took a side trip and found ourselves in the front row of the underground theater before thick glass separating us from the crystal clear freshwater mermaid spring It was not Weeki Wachee s heyday and we were surrounded by little girls but it didn t matter the mermaid show demonstrated amazing underwater athleticism, stamina, and charm and that was enough We also took the jungle cruise and viewed areas where a favorite TV series of ours, Maximum Bob, based on an El Leonard novel, was filmed Weeki Wachee has connections to quite a few popular and iconic entertainers and movies from Johnny Weissmuiler s Tarzan to The Creature from the Black Lagoon The first victim in the movie Jaws was a former Weeki Wachee mermaid.I did not think that a road side attraction could rate 295 pages, but Lu Vickers s books is not only beautiful to look at, it tells a fascinating history The mermaids are a special sisterhood and many of them contributed photos and stories If you have a sense of whimsy, an appreciation of kitsch, or history of Florida, you d probably enjoy this book.


  2. says:

    A fascinating read, especially if you re a Floridian.


  3. says:

    This month my Book Club is reading Mermaid Mambo and the main character is a 78 year old woman on a wacky journey to visit Weeki Wachee to attend her 60 year mermaid reunion I liked Mermaid Mambo by Fern Germer very much and decided to find out about this old Florida attraction I am really liking the old Pre Disney Florida history The book is filled with oodles of pictures of the mermaids and famous people who came to visit It is interesting to find out how many movies were filmed around the this Florida area too The woman aspired to be mermaids and given the intense training and physical agility needed to perform the mermaid role at Weeki Wachee Springs, these women were quite impressive I can t wait to visit this place.


  4. says:

    What a fascinating history of Weeki Wachee I grew up in Florida, traveling with my single mother up and down mostly the east coast on work related weekend trips I always heard about Weeki Wachee, Cypress Gardens, and the other state attractions, but we never seemed to have time to stop or it was too far out of the way During my 20s and 30s while living in Tallahassee, I was fortunately able to enjoy Wakulla Springs and canoe on that river Brr That water is cold Lu Vickers and Sara Dionne have created a panoramic visual and narrative experience The mermaids are awe inspiring for their performances and for their efforts to keep Weeki Wachee both the spring and its history alive.


  5. says:

    Maybe it s the Disney geek in me, but I love reading about theme park history Being a Florida native, too, I found this charming bit of Florida history irresistible There are tons of gorgeous photos and personal stories from the former mermaids that made me zip through this surprisingly hefty book in a single night although I did stay up to the wee hours doing so Now I can t wait to take a day trip and compare what the area looks like today


  6. says:

    This is a fantastic book about a favorite Florida roadside attraction Filled with wonderful pictures and very well written, I never found myself bored I even became emotional over part where new owners decided to tear up Star Park and chop up and bury many of the well used and beloved old props Just great in every way As a native Floridian, I loved it.


  7. says:

    What a great book Now my only regret is that I didn t book enough time in Florida this November to travel the west coast and make a visit to Weeki Wachee Thankfully, the spring and the mermaid shows are still going strong, so I might just get there one of these days after all.


  8. says:

    I grew up less than five miles from Weeki Wachee We went there frequently as children, and enjoyed the goofiness.The photos are pure kitsch, as was the theme park itself Everyone should check out the hilarious mermaids of the 80s and 90s.


  9. says:

    Lu Vickers B.A 87, M.A 89, Ph.D 97


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