History, Cypress Gardens, Florida, Dick Pope, Richard D. Pope
This thesis examines the relationship between Cypress Gardens and the state of Florida. Specifically, it focuses on how the creator of the park, Dick Pope, created his park after his own idealized vision of the state, and how he then promoted both his park and Florida as one and the same. The growth and later decline of Cypress Gardens follows trends in Florida's growth patterns and shifts in tourism. This study primarily uses a combination of newspaper sources and promotional pictures and other media from the park to explain how Pope attempted to make Cypress Gardens synonymous with Florida. In doing so, this paper presents a history of the park during the Pope family ownership (1935-1985), while also looking at the legacy of the park until 2004.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Dinocola, David, "Selling Sunshine: How Cypress Gardens Defined Florida, 1935-2004" (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 4081.