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Welcome to Kissimmee Florida
Kissimmee, Fl. is a city situated in the county of Osceola. Established back in the mid-19th century, it was formally named Allendale and then renamed Kissimmee, when it was incorporated into a city in 1883. Growing pains began when a gentleman known as Hamilton Disston of Phildelphia, established his two million acre drainage operation out of the young town. The state of Florida contracted Mr. Disston to drain off the Southern lands, and by doing so, he would own half of what he successfully drained. This unbelievable deal would make Mr. Hamilton Disston the largest landowner in the United States. In the beginning, the city’s improvements and growth promised its residents a bright future, however, as it turned out, quick growth turned Kissimmee Florida upside down. The steamboat and railroad industry found themselves in great competition with one another, and even as the railroad put tracks down all the way to Miami, the heyday in Kissimmee Florida was short lived. In 1893, the United States was hit hard by a major depression. The financial slump caused many businesses to flounder, and even Mr. Hamilton Disston could not escape the onslaught. He was forced to close down his Kissimmee land operation. The entire citrus crop in Florida was wiped out with back to back freezes in 1894 and 1895, thus leaving Kissimmee to raise cattle. As time went on, people struggled day after day for survival.
Jumping forward to 1950, Kissimmee’s population was still very low at 4,310. At that point, ranching and citrus packing were the only games in town. Both of these sources of employment remained a very important part for the residents of Kissimmee, however, things began to look up in 1971, when Walt Disney World opened. Tourism and consumer development nudged cattle-ranching out of the way for the most part. Good fortune was smiling on Kissimmee Florida residents once again, and it felt good.
Then on August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley ripped through Kissimmee with 100 MPH winds, damaging hundreds of homes, uprooting trees and cutting power. Three weeks after Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances roared through the state, and then just three weeks after that, Hurricane Jeanne followed in France’s footsteps. The poor residents never stood a chance
Over the years that followed, Kissimmee Florida and its residents put down their roots and the city grew and grew. In 2007, the Florida Census Bureau found the population to be 2,032,496. With the inflated population, came the multitude of schools, hospitals, and all varieties of business. The citrus industry is larger than it was ever before and new technologies hold out some hope for the growers when the weather threatens. The weather in Kissimmee is still considered to be tropical, warm winter days and hot humid days in the summer.
If visiting Mickey Mouse is on your next vacation itinerary, Kissimmee, Florida is a great place to stay. Located close to all the attractions, and a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from Orlando, Kissimmee is where you want to be. You’re never a few minutes away from you next adventure at the area them parks. Kissimmee is full of fantastic restaurants and great gift shops. Once you’re done at Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort, and SeaWorld® Orlando, and the other theme parks, try something a little different. Walk through the Kissimmee Air Museum, go on a world-class shopping spree, or hold on for dear life as your Hot Balloon lurches forward and you slowly begin to rise off of the ground. There’s just so much to do in Kissimmee, you’ll never get bored. If you’re into golf, the hardest thing you’ll have to do is decide which golf course to play on. Kissimmee, Fl. is a great family vacation destination. Kissimmee is the beating heart of Florida, it represents everything wonderful and fun.
In 2008, Kissimmee Florida won the All-America City award. The community was one of 16 from across the country to travel to the Tampa Marriott. The All-America City Award is America’s oldest and most prestigious community recognition award. Since 1949 the All-America City Award has encouraged and recognized civic excellence, honoring communities of all sizes in which citizens, government, businesses, and voluntary organizations work together to explain how they are successfully resolving critical local issues. The City has partnered with the Osceola County Economic Development office in a way to promote the All-America City status, as well as a way to encourage new businesses to come to the area and promote new growth to the region.
If you’re planning on making Kissimmee, Fl. your new home, you will not be disappointed. There are many nice communities and some of them are gated. The rural areas are as green as can be with the lush conservation. Alligators can still be found in many of the waterways and ponds, so one must be vigilant especially where children and pets are concerned.
If your property search brings you to Kissimmee Florida, you will have many great properties to choose from. If you’re interested in viewing properties in this great city, please let me know. I will be happy to assist you in your search for your dream home.