Weeki Wachee, city of mermaids : a history of one of Florida's oldest roadside attractions (Book, 2007) [WorldCat.org]
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Weeki Wachee, city of mermaids : a history of one of Florida's oldest roadside attractions

Author: Lu Vickers; Sara Dionne
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©2007.
Series: Florida history and culture series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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In the postwar explosion of domestic tourism, when Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Tampa offered the ideal vacation for American families, Weeki Wachee was a kitschy detour just off the grueling two-lane West Coast highway. In a sparsely inhabited part of the state, who could miss the roadside mermaids that flagged travelers down? The exotic fantasyland was a city of mythical mermaids and mermen living in a breathtaking  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lu Vickers; Sara Dionne
ISBN: 0813030412 9780813030418
OCLC Number: 71237360
Description: xvi, 295 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 x 27 cm.
Contents: Florida : a watery dreamscape --
The human fish --
Wakulla : fit palace for Neptune --
Transforming myth into kitsch --
The forties and fifties : Weeki Wachee's glamour shot --
The sixties : from Elvis to Don Knotts --
The seventies : the era of the mouse --
The eighties : the age of acquisition --
The nineties : from the encyclopedia of bad taste to the tails of yesteryear --
The merlinnium : a return to the sublime.
Series Title: Florida history and culture series.
Responsibility: text by Lu Vickers ; story research and photograph compilation by Sara Dionne ; foreword by Gary R. Mormino and Raymond Arsenault.
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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  Read more...

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"Lu Vickers has written a truly delicious, sparkling history of Florida's own mermaid city of Weeki Wachee, one of the greatest oldtime roadside attractions. Her prose is bright, sharp and funny; Read more...

 
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