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While taking care of my rodent problem, Steve also taught me more about varmints than I will ever want to know. His dedication to the mission of Dr. Critter is to be applauded. In addition to being an expert pest exterminator, he is a fine man and someone whom I now consider to be my friend. Thank you for a fine job!
- Marcia M., Sanford, FL
Lake Wales is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 14,225 at the 2010 census. As of 2019[update], the population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau is 16,759. It is part of the LakelandWinter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area. Lake Wales is located in central Florida, west of Lake Kissimmee and east of Tampa.
The land around the present city was surveyed in 1879 by Sidney Irving Wailes, who changed the name of a lake, then known as Watts Lake, to Lake Wailes.
The city of Lake Wales was established near the lake in 191112, planned by the Lake Wales Land Company. The spelling Wales was used for the city, although the lake is still generally spelled Lake Wailes. Allen Carleton Nydegger, a Civil Engineer, was contracted by the Lake Wales Land Company to plot out the community of Lake Wales. He and his crew camped on the shores of Crystal Lake and spent months plotting out the new community. In 1925 the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad built a new line from Haines City joining lines to Everglades City. A depot was opened on this line at Lake Wales. The City of Lake Wales was officially incorporated in April 1917.
In 2004, Lake Wales endured the effects of three hurricanes which came through the area: Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne. The three hurricanes brought hurricane-force winds to the Lake Wales area within a space of 44 days. In 2017, Hurricane Irma brought more hurricane-force winds to Lake Wales.
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