KISSID4EE, FLORIDA .-
Osceola County i >
Part A---General Information 4 4
Kissimmee is in Central Florida, 17 miles south of Orlando and 46 miles
northeast of Lakeland. It is 6n Lake Tohopekaliga. The elevation is
Kissimmee is on U. S. Highways 17 and 192 and Florida Highways 527 and
530, The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad provides rail transportation. Bus
service is provided by Greyhound Lines, Scheduled commercial air service
is available at the Orlando airport, 15 miles north of Kissimmee.
Osceola County had a population of 10,562 in 1945 and an estimated popu-
lation of 12,500 in 1948. The population of Kissimmee was 4,010 in 1945
and was estimated at 6,100 in 1948,
(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observations at Kissimmee.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 61.3 2.43 July 81.9 7.55
February 62,3 2.70 August 82.1 7.06
March 67,2 2.94 September 80.2 5.51
April 71.4 2.48 October 74.5 4,01
May 76.7 4. 50 November 66.9 1.93
June 80.4 6.65 December 61.5 2.30
Annual 72.2 50.06
Kissimmee was founded in 1883 by the Okeechobee Land Company, an organiza-
tion controlled by Hamilton Disston, on land owned by the Okeechobee Land
Company and the South Florida Railroad, Captain R. E. Rose, who was later
Florida's first state chemist, laid out the town. The site was originally
an Indian trading post. The name is an Indian word meaning "long water."
The General Harney Trail, the only inland route between north and south
Florida, passed near here.
6. llajor Sources of Income
Osceola County is recognized as the leading range cattle county in Florida.
Cattle raised in this section are sold on auction markets and shipped to
other sections for fattening. Many cattle are shipped to the middle west
and fed corn for three to four months and then slaughtered. The meat
sometimes returns to Florida as "western beef." The first registered herd
of Brahman cattle in Florida was in Osceola County. This herd has an out-
standing record for producing champions and grand champions. The soil in
this section is well suited to citrus, vegetables and general farming.
* High quality citrus is produced at comparatively low cost in this section.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
Silver Spurs Rodeo is held annually on July 4.
2. Athletic Events
High school athletic events are held here.
3. Tourist Clubs
Community Club House.
Kissimmee All-State Tourist Club,
4. Recreational Clubs
The Gables Inn and Country Club. S
5, Civic Organizations
Business and Professional Women's Club.
Chamber of Commerce
Junior Chamber of Commerce
6. Fraternal Organizations
Me sonic Lodge
Knights of Pythias
7. Organized Entertainment
Dances are held four times a week and card parties twice a week. Kissimmee
has facilities for shuffleboard, roque, horseshoe and tennis courts, picnic
grounds, boating and fishing.
8. Recreational Facilities
Lake front park, 9-hole golf course and municipal zoo.
Deer, turkeys, squirrels, quail, doves and ducks are found in this section.
Unposted hunting grounds are available within 10 miles of town. There are
no hunting lodges or hunting guides here,
There are 25 lakes, having a total area of 150 square miles, within a 15
mile radius of Kissimmee. Speckled perch, bass, bream, bluegills, catfish,
and jack fish are caught in this section. Dick Makinson, Newt Norris and
Murray Tanner operate charter fishing boats from Kissimmee. Guides are
available and small boats can be rented.
Baptist, Catholic, Christian,Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Seventh
Day Adventist denominations have services in Kissimmee.
Name Rooms Plan
The Gables 22 American
Tropical 48 Both
Brahman 50 European
Lakeview Lodge 17 European
Orange Blossom 18 European
Bon Air 15 European
Kissimme e 9 European
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2. Tourist Courts
Hobans Cottages, nine units.
Cottonts Motor Court, 12 units, Restaurant on grounds.
Kissirmnee Auto Court, 19 units, Some units have housekeeping facilities.
Joels Cottages, six units.
3. Guest Homes
Motel, 319 Main Street. Four rooms, one apartment.
Travelers Tourist Home, 304 Main Street, Five rooms, one apartment.
4. Trailer Courts
Kissjimee Auto Court, 25 spaces. Two blocks from store and three blocks
from restaurant, Electric and water connections and showers. Rates $1
per day, $3.50 per week, $12 per month.
Further information on Kissimmee can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMRGE