What’s that Lakeland landmark named after?

We’ve all wondered about the names behind some of our local parks and places of interest. Pull back the curtain on the history behind their monikers.

marble arcade

The Marble Arcade, c. 1900 | Photo via Florida Memory

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What’s in a name? We’re uncovering the mysteries behind the monikers of some of Lakeland’s most famous landmarks. See how many locations’ backstories you know.

Marble Arcade

This downtown high-rise at 129 S. Kentucky Ave. was built in 1926, and unfortunately its name doesn’t mean you’ll find any games there. The name comes from its original “arcade” architectural style (think: A succession of arches like the Coliseum in Rome) lined with black marble.

Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium | Photo by @ahjaxx

The Tigers have played at Joker Marchant Stadium since 1966.

Photo by @ahjaxx

Joker Marchant Stadium

You won’t find Batman hanging around at any Lakeland Flying Tigers games. The team’s stadium is named after Marcus “Joker” Marchant, Lakeland’s first Parks and Recreation director, who helped bring TigerTown to life.

The exterior of a green two-story building with "Peggy Brown Center" etched into a stone sign. The entryway is an open arch and a palm tree stands in front of the left corner.

Look for the Peggy Brown Building around Lake Mirror — it’s the green one next to Barnett Family Park.

Photo by LALtoday

Peggy Brown Building

This public building on Lake Mirror gets its name from one of Lakeland’s former mayors and longest-serving commissioners. Peggy C. Brown was elected as mayor of Lakeland in 1976 and 1984, and she served on the City Commission from 1974 to 1995.

Lake Crago

Introducing 144 acres (not including bodies of water) of recreational activities

Photo by @thelaltoday

Lake Crago

This man-made lake was named in 1964 to honor Arthur Crago, a Polk County resident who worked in the phosphate industry, revolutionizing some of its processes. Arthur was also devoted to land conservation and repair, earning the Conservationist of the Year award from the Kiwanis Club in 1965.

Cleveland Heights Boulevard

Today, Cleveland Heights is know for its palm tree-lined streets.

Photo by @papertams

Cleveland Heights

In 1923, Lakeland was looking to grow by adding a neighborhood. Enter real estate developer H.A. Stahl. He bought 560 acres of land for just under a million dollars and named the area after his hometown of — surprise, surprise — Cleveland, OH. Who knows how the neighborhood might have transformed if the Great Depression hadn’t caused the development to switch hands?

Is there another name you want to know the history behind? Drop us a line and we’ll see what we can find.