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HERBERT JACKSON DRANE PAPERS, RG326, 1874-1959

Series IV, Lakeland Gulf Canal, 1933-1959


Stock certificate for the canal company

In 1933, a group of Lakeland and Polk Country businessmen interested in the construction of a canal from Lakeland to Tampa Bay organized the Lakeland-Gulf Canal Company. The company employed engineering consultants to do a preliminary feasibility study and applied for a loan from the Public Works Administration, but accomplished little else in the next four years.

The company hired an executive director, L. E. Detweiler, in early 1937 and directed him to raise funds for the construction of the proposed canal. In this, he failed miserably. Detweiler's only contribution was his suggestion that the name of the company be changed to the Lakeland-Tampa Industrial Canal. The name change became effective in late 1937 and a new slate of officers was chosen, including Herbert Drane as president of the corporation.

The newly reorganized company continued to promote the construction of a Lakeland to Tampa canal through the end of the decade of the thirties. The company hired an engineering firm, which even developed plans and blueprints. By 1940, however, the nation's and the state's interest was turning toward the war in Europe and interest in the development of a Lakeland to the Gulf canal declined. Several attempts were made in the years immediately following World War II to revive interest in the canal project, but to no avail. The project remained the unfulfilled dream of Lakeland's pre-war entrepreneurs.

Included are an application for construction funding to the Public Works Administration, company by-laws, legal briefs, minutes of meetings, blueprints correspondence, reports, surveys, a company prospectus, lists of staff and stockholders, stock certificates,(pictured above) summaries of facts and statistics, and newspaper clippings.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by name, subject, or type of record and chronologically within folders.

BOX

FOLDER 

FOLDER TITLE

DATES

5

1

Allin, B. C. (Consulting Engineer):  Correspondence

1937-39

    

2

Application for funding to Public Works 
     Administration

1935

     

3

Blueprints.  See:  Oversize (Map Cases)

1937-38, n.d.

 

4

Board of Directors:  Minutes of Meetings

1937

    

5

Briefs Submitted in Support of the Canal

1937, n.d.

    

6

By-laws

1938

    

7

Correspondence

1934-35, 1937

    

8

Correspondence

Jan-May 1938

    

9

Correspondence

June-July 1938

     

10

Correspondence

Aug-Dec 1938

     

11

Correspondence

Jan-Mar 1939

6

12

Correspondence

Apr-Dec 1939

    

13

Correspondence

Jan-Apr 1940

   

14

Correspondence

May 1940-42, 1947, 1951 

 

15

Drane, Herbert J.: Radio Address in Support of the 
     Canal

1937

    

16

An Economic Survey of the Proposed 
     Lakeland-Tampa Industrial Canal 

1938

    

17

Escrow Agreement

1937

      

18

Florida Waterway Congress

1938-58 scattered

     

19

An Important Message to the Citizens of Polk County 

n.d.

           

20

International Agricultural Corporation: 
     Correspondence

1937-39

         

21

Management, Engineering, and Legal Staff, List of

1938

        

22

Newspaper Clippings

1937-51 scattered

7  

23

Photographs

n.d.

   

24

Polk Count Port Authority:  Legislation re.

1937

    

25

Prospectus

1937

    

26

Raymond Concrete Pile Company: Correspondence

1937-39

     

27

Report on Proposed Ship Canal, Lakeland to 
     Hillsborough Bay

1933

   

28

Stock Certificates

1937-39

   

29

Stockholders, List of

1937, 1939

   

30

Summary of Facts and Statistics

1935, 1938, n.d.

   

31

Thompson-Starrett Company:  Correspondence

1938-40

     

32

Miscellaneous

1935-43, 1958-59

  

33

Miscellaneous

n.d.