Hardee County 1Z C4
Part A---General Information
Wauchula is in South Florida, 40 miles south of Lakeland, The maximum
elevation is from 85 to 120 feet.
U. S. Highway 17 and Florida Highways 650 and 661 pass through Wauchula.
The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad provides rail service. Bus service is
provided by Tamiami Trailways. No air transportation is available.
Hardee County had a population of 8,585 in 1945. The population of
Wauchula was 2,916 in 1945. The ':auchula Chamber of Commerce estimated
a county population of 9,000 and a city population of 4,000 in March 1949.
(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau observation at Wauchula for a 12-year period.)
iTormal normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 63.0 2.19 July 81.7 9.52
February 63.8 3.02 August 82.3 7.72
Harch 68.1 2.70 September 80.8 7.57
April 72.2 3.07 October 75.2 3.07
IHay 77.0 3.94 November 67.7 1.45
June 80.5 12.25 December 63.4 1.57
Annual 73.0 58.07
Wauchula, an Indian name meaning "sandhill crane", is on the site of an early
military post, Fort Hartsuff, that was built to protect settlers during the
Seminole Wars. It is the county seat of Hardee County, which was formed
when DeSoto County was divided in 1922. The county was named for Governor
Hardee who was then in office,
6. ajior Sources of Income
The county is primarily agricultural, and is known as the "Cucumber Capital
of the Uorld", Other crops are tomatoes, eggplant, squash, and peppers.
There are many acres of citrus, fine grazing land, and many thousand head of
fine purebred cattle, including Brahman,Angus and Hereford, as well as better
grade Florida range cattle.
Part E--Recreational and Entertainment
1. Special Events
January--Bowling Green Strawberry Festival.
November--Hauchula Cucumber Festival.
2. Athletic Events
3. Tourist Clubs
4. Recreational Clubs
5, Civic Organizations
6, Fraternal Organizations
Knights of Pythias
8, Recreational Facilities
Hardee County Park is near Wauchula, It consists of approximately 200 acres
and includes a concrete swimming pool and community house.
Quail, doves, squirrels and rabbits are plentiful, There are unposted hunting
grounds throughout the county. There are no hunting lodges or guides available.
The streams of Hardee County abound in game fish of many kinds. Fresh water
bass, perch and bream are caught in Lake Arbuckle, 30 miles east of Wauchula.
There are no fishing camps or guides in Vauchula.
Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Christian Science, Church of God, Episcopal,
Evangelical, Methodist, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist.
1. Hotels .
Simnmons, 60 rocms, (2 and up, European plan.
Florida, 25 rooms, :,,1.50 and up, European plan.
2, Tourist Courts
Wauchula Notor Court, restaurant on premises.
3, Guest Homes
4. Trailer Courts
Aqua Vitae Springs Motor Court--Zolfo Springs, Florida, 3 miles south of
vauchula. Space for 500 trailers, electricity and water.
5. Eatine Places
Williams Chop House
C. B. Hardens Cafe,
Further information on Wauchula can be obtained from:
CHAIMER OF C.C'i ECE