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"Dem spooks" pilot car for you backing uphill

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Title:
"Dem spooks" pilot car for you backing uphill
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Legends -- Florida -- Lake Wales   ( lcsh )
Folklore -- Florida -- Lake Wales   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Lake Wales (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Photouring Florida column that describes backing a car up "Spook Hil" in Lake Wales, Florida.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 1, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

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Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002220485
oclc - 645469256
usfldc doi - D33-0008
usfldc handle - d33.8
System ID:
SFS0000389:00001


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a20 "DEM SPOOKS" PILOT CAR FOR YOU BACKING UPHILL By: HAMPTON DUNN LAKE WALES --Throughout Florida, it's against the law to back a car more than 30 feet on a public street. But in this lovely Polk County Community the townspeople and officials encourag e visiting motorists to back up on Fifth Avenue, as much as 75 to 100 feet. Other cars on the street "stack up" behind you and their occupants gleefully watch as your car goes backward up a steep hill -without your motor running. If this sounds bewitchi ng, it's because your're visiting Spook Hill. The way it works is this: Drive your car to the bottom of the hill, turn off your engine, release the brakes and clutch, and watch the Mystery of Spook Hill work for you. The car backs as much as 100 feet up th e hill. Your explanation of this phenomenon is as good as anyone's. The spiel which goes with this amusing experience is that an old Negro once parked his car at this spot so he could go fishing in nearby North Lake Wales. He looked back as he started for the lake and the smile froze on his face. His old jalopy was slowly moving back up the hill with the motor not running. "Dem Spooks!" cried the old man and fainted. This is how Spook Hill supposedly got its name. It's free. Come find out for yourself.

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