FLOR500, Garden 243 Richard Downing Pope, Sr., Tourism Promoter (1900–1988) Before Disney World, Dick Pope Sr., was the foremost booster of the Florida tourism industry. He and his wife Julie opened Cypress Gardens on January 2, 1936. The botanical garden later grew to a 200-acre park that in 1963 attracted 1.5 million visitors and garnered a reputation as the most successful swamp in America. It became the most photographed attraction in the United States next to the Grand Canyon. Cypress Gardens, served as the location for the filming of number motion pictures and television shows.
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Richard Downing Pope, Sr., Tourism Promoter

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Richard Downing Pope, Sr., Tourism Promoter

(1900–1988)

Before Disney World, Dick Pope Sr., was the foremost booster of the Florida tourism industry. He and his wife Julie opened Cypress Gardens on January 2, 1936. The botanical garden later grew to a 200-acre park that in 1963 attracted 1.5 million visitors and garnered a reputation as the most successful swamp in America. It became the most photographed attraction in the United States next to the Grand Canyon. Cypress Gardens, served as the location for the filming of number motion pictures and television shows. 





 




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