E:ISSI! '.1FE, FLORIDA -
Osceola County- : ,
Part A---General Information:
Kissinmee is in central Florida, 17:miles'south of Orlando and 46. milps
northeast of Lakeland. It is on 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, S "Bs
service is provided by Greyhound Lines. Air service is not availahbe.
Osceola County had a population of 10,562 in 1945. The population of
Kissimmoe was 4,010.
: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
: nnual 72.2 .. 50.06
Kissimmee was founded in 1883 by the Okeechobee Land Company, anr organ za- ..
tion controlled by Hamilton Disston, on land owned by the Okeechobee6Ianhd
Company and the South Florida Railroad. Captain R. E. Rose, ,.ho. wss, later
S*: Florida s' first` state chemist,:laid .ot;:the towi. The site was originally
6an Indian trading post. The naae is an Indian.word meaning "long. vatgr.
The'General Harney Trail, the only island route between north and s-uth.
Florida, passed near here. -
6. Veior Sources of Income: .
Osceola COunty is recognized as the loading range cattle county in Florida.
Cattle raised in this section are sold on auctioni-rarkets and shipped to
other sections for fattening. I-Mny 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 heard 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.
Although the acrenge in citrus groves is small, high quality fruit is
produced at comparatively low co0t,
.Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
The Annual Sunshine Fiesta will be held on April 1,2 and 3 in 1948, The
April 1---Speed boat race; water festival; night boat pageant and barbecue.
April 2---Air show, miniature and pet parade, bnrbeque and a pageant, "The
Romance of Kissimmee".
April 3---Quarter horse bhoe, frontier parade, two rodeos and a street dance.
Silver Spurs Rodeo is held annually on July 4.
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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.
5. Civic Organizations:
Business and Professional Women's Club.
Chamber of Commerce
Junior Chamber of Commerce
6. Fraternal Organizations:
Knights of Pythias
7. Organized Entertainment:
Dances are held four times a week and card parties twice a week. Kissimmee
has shuffleboard, roque, horseshoe and tennis courts, picnic grounds and
8. Recreational Facilities:
Lake front park and nine-hole golf course.
Deer, turkeys, squirrels, quail, dove and duck 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
Smile radius of Kissimmee. Speckled perch, bass, bream, bluegills, catfish,
and jack fish are caught in this section. There are no fishing guides or
fishing lodges here. Dick Makinson, Newt Norris and Murray Tanner operate
charter fishing boats from Kissimmee.
Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Episcopal, Dethodist, 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
Kissimmee 9 European
2. Tourist Courts:
Hobans Cottages, nine units.
Cotton's .iotor Court, 12 units, Restaurant on grounds.
Kissimmee Auto Court, 19 units. Some units have housekeeping facilities.
Joe's 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:
Kissimmee Auto Court, 25 spaces. Two blocks for store and three blocks
from restaurant. Electric and water connections and showers. Rates $1
per day, 83.50 per veek, $12 per month.
5. Specialized Eating Places:
Tropical Hotel Shrimp
Braham Inn Steak, fried chicken, oysters, shrimp
Cotton's Restaurant Steak, chicken, shrimp
Further information on Kissimmee can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF CCOMERCE