1. LocatioS .
Davenport is in Polk County in the Central Ridge Section of Florida. It
is 36 miles southwest of Orlando and 72 miles east of Tampa. Lake Daven-
port and Horse Creek are the major bodies of rater nearby. .Davenport's
elevation is 136 feet.
U. S. Highways 92 and 17 pass through Davenport. Florida Highway 547
provides access to other nearby communities. The Atlantic Coast Line
provides rail transportation. Greyhound Lines provides bus service. Air
service is not available.
Polk County had a population of 112,429 in 1945.
port vas 637.
(From observations at Bartow, Florida.)
The population of Daven-
Davenport was named for Fort Davenport, a nearby
Seminole Indian '.ars. The community was started
Army post during the
to serve the Naval
stores industry that once thrived in this section. The extensive growth
of citrus groves is responsible for the development of Davenport.
6. .Major Sources of Income:
Citrus growing'and processing provide the main source of
Hill iruit Products, Inc., a citrus candy factory and an
instrument factory are located in Davenport.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
2. Athletic Events:
Football on Friday nights four miles away.
3. Tourist Clubs:
4. Recrentional Clubs:
5. Civic Organizations:
There is a .oman's Club in Davenport. Rotary and Kiwanis meet at Haines
City, four miles from Davenport.
6. Fraternal Organizations:
Elks and Masons meet at Haines City, four miles from Davenport.
7. Organized Entertainment:
8. Recreational Facilities:
Miniature golf course and swimming.
Quail, deer, rabbits, turkeys and foxes are found in this section. It is
approximately three miles to unposted hunting grounds. There are no hunting
lodges in this vicinity. Grady Rewis and Vance Rewis are hunting guides.
Their fee is *,7 a day.
Fresh water bass, bream, and catfish are caught in Lake Davenport, Lake St.
Charles, Lake Geneva, and Tower Lake. There are no fishing camps in the
vicinity. No charter fishing boats are available. Clifford Brooks is a
fishing guide. His fee is ,7 a day.
The Baptist and .Iethcdist churches have services in Davenport.
Holly Hill, 50 rooms.
2. Tourist Courts:
Voodlawn, has dining room facilities adjoining.
3. Guest Homes:
H. F. :eir Apartments
Holly Hill Fruit Products
4, Trailer Courts:
The Pines, owned by C. E. Uilliams
Specialized Eating Places:
Holly Hill Hotel
Hiway Soda Shop
Silver Bar and Grill
Steaks and chicken
Further information on Davenport can be obtained from:
H. T. Nafziger