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Polk Museum Remembers County's "Lost Attractions"

The Dixie Highway that meandered through Polk County in the early 20th century inspired the creation of lots of roadside attractions along its path.

Most are gone now, but their memories are kept alive at the Polk County History Center in Bartow, where WUSF's' Robin Sussingham spoke with curator Maria Trippe about Polk's "Lost Roadside Attractions."

The exhibition highlights the weird and wonderful, such as a giant mountain of sand in Fort Meade that hosted ski competitions, or a huge wooly mammoth fighting a saber-tooth  tiger at a phosphate museum in Bartow.

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Do you have a favorite snapshot from the past or present of a place you treasure here in the Tampa Bay area or elsewhere in Florida? From Marineland to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we want to see how you enjoy Florida's getaways. 

Share it on facebooktwitter (@wusf )or on instagram (@wusfpublicmedia) with the hashtag #FLAttractions. We'll compile the memories all week long, so join us!

Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.