Kissimmee: Gateway to the Kissimmee River Valley (FL) (Making of America)

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UPC:
9780738524375
Maximum Purchase:
3 units
Binding:
Paperback
Publication Date:
2003-10-15
Release Date:
2003-10-20
Author:
Jim Robison;Osceola County Historical Society
Language:
english

Kissimmee, Florida traces its name to the Jororo tribe, among the first to settle along the river valley. Riverboat captains, entrepreneurs, and speculators found Kissimmee and nearby Lake Tohopekaliga irresistible, and soon settlers followed. The 1880s marked this city's first brush with tourism, as the Tropical Hotel became the largest resort hotel south of Jacksonville. As the cattle town struggled to survive floods, the Depression, and downtown neglect in favor of spillover Walt Disney World business, committed citizens fought back and spiritedly rekindled the town into a favored tourist spot.