After leaving Columbus, the first place of importance is the new town of Omaha, Ga., with its handsome new bridge spanning the river. Along the river banks lie the richest agricultural lands in the State of Alabama, Georgia, Florida. Next comes Eufaula, Ala., with its wide streets, and then Fort Gaines, Ga., the "Bluff City of the Chattahoochee," lying two hundred feet above the river level; then Columbia and Gordon, Ala., both prosperous town. Next Neal's Landing, Fla., the home of the Florida syrup; then the village of Chattahoochee, where is located the Insane Asylum of Florida. Chattahoochee is the terminus of the Savannah, Florida & Western Railway.
Forty miles distant up Flint River you can come to Bainbridge, Ga., which is on a big tobacco boom, where is located the large tobacco packing houses. Several thousand dollars a month is paid out here in wages account. The next place of importance is Ochesee, Fla., where two magnificent live oaks cover several acres of ground. Next is Blountstown, Bristol and Rico's Bluff.
Next comes Iola, where you leave the steamer and take a hack ride of one and a half miles through beautiful pine forest, orange groves, etc., to the Lake View Hotel, located one hundred and fifty yards from the famous Lakes.
The Chipola Lakes are a part of the Chipola River, a veritable sea in the woods, four miles wide at widest point and fifteen miles long; within sixteen miles of the Gulf of Mexico; in the same latitude as New Orleans, La.,
and near the old Spanish town of Apalachicola, Fla.
This is emphatically the Sportsman's Paradise. No finer hunting and fishing in the world can be found than here. There is an abundance of bear, deer, wild turkeys, and all kinds of sea birds -the beautiful pink curlew, the blue heron, wild geese, and so many other kinds that want of space forbids mention.
Magnificent orange groves surround the lakes, the golden fruit hanging lusciously on the trees, while the early morning sun glitters across the water; long festoons of gray moss hang gracefully from the old trees that stand like grim sentinels on its banks.
Beautiful spot! Long will its picture hang in your memory. The lakes cover an area of forty-five square miles, filled with the finest fish in the world, embracing every variety -bream, shell-crackers, trout, channel cat, pickerel, and many others. It is nothing to catch a hundred pounds of fish in an hour or two.
Lake View Hotel, J.T. Gilbert, manager, is located one and a half miles from Lola (where you leave the steamer), and just one hundred and fifty yards from the Chipola Lakes. it will be opened to the public about the 1st of February, 1892. The Hotel will be very comfortable, and the very best of fare will be furnished. Freedom from city conventionalities, and hunting and fishing, and rowing on the Lakes, will be sure to furnish the
State Library of Florida: Florida Collection, 917.59947-G465
Pamphlet promoting Dead Lakes as a tourist attraction. Tourists could ride a steamer along the Chattahoochee River and stop at various towns along the way. The final destination was a two-week stay at the Lake View Hotel in Iola, Florida.