Get Into Eden for only $1.50!

55 years ago today, Florida lawyer and entrepreneur Elvy Edison Callaway opened a tourist attraction in Bristol, Florida.  He called it the Garden of Eden Park.  And he didn’t just mean that figuratively—Callaway had conjectured for years that the actual Garden of Eden, where God created Man, had been right there in the Florida Panhandle.  The park was open for several years, but always had a hard time drawing visitors.  See this article from 1956 where a reporter notes a lone, elderly couple from neighboring Alabama, who receive a refund for their admission ($1.50, all profits benefiting Callaway’s In The Beginning Foundation) because the heavy rains had made the Garden’s hiking trails impassable with mud. Some paradise!

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