FORT MEADE, FLORIDA
Part A---General Information \ 0
Fort Meade'is in the south-central section of Florida, 54 miles southeast of
Tampa, 224 miles northwest of Miami, and 220 miles southwest of Jacksonville.
3 The elevation is approximately 150 feet above sea level.
U. S. Highway 17 passes through Fort Meade. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
provides rail service. Bus service is provided by the Glades Motor Lines.
Air service is not available.
Polk County had a population of 112,429 in 1945. Fort Meade had a population
(From observations at Bartow, Florida.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 61.4 2.65 July : *. 81.6 8.36.
February 63.4 2.70 August 81.8 8.05
March 67.2 2.95 September 80.1 7.53.
April 71.5 2.43 October 74.3 3.63
May 76.7 4.82 November 66.3 1.62
June 80.3 8.33 December 61.7 2.24
SAnnual 72.2 55.31
Fort Meade is the oldest community in this section. It was established as an
Army post to protect settlers on the north side of Peace River from the Sem-
inole Indians. Fort Meade was named for Lieutenant George C. Meade, the
first commander, vho later gained fame as a Union general in the Civil War.
6. Majpr Sources of Income:
Located in the leading citrus producing county, Fort Meade has many packing
.houses and canning plants. Fort Meade is also a leading trucking section
where vegetables such as peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, tomatoes, cabbages,-
squashes, and strawberries are produced. Of greatest importance is the
phosphate industry. The mines are located a few miles from town.
.art B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
Spring festivals, such as the State Fair, Orange Festival, and Strawberry
Festival are held annually in nearby towns. Motorboat races and water
skiing.may be enjoyed about 25 miles from Fort Meade. Bok Tower and Cypress
Gardens are located less than 25 miles away.
2, Athletic Events:
The Fort Meade baseball team is a member of the Orange Belt League. The
high school is a member of the Ridge Conference with activities such as foot-
ball, basketball and baseball.
3. Tourist Clubs:
4.. Recreational Clubs: '
FORT MEADE, FLORIDA
5. Civic Organizations:
Civic organizations here are the Lions Club and the Woman's Club.
6. Fraternal Organizationss ..
Fraternal organizations are Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, American Legion,
Veterans of Foreign Tlars and American Legion Auxiliary.
7. Organized Entertainment:
8. Recreational Facilitiest
There is an outdoor swimming pool located one and one-half miles from town
and a natural spring, Kissengen Springs, six miles from town. Admission
is under 45# at each place, and both are available for parties, picnics and
dancing. Tennis courts are owned by the schools.
Quail, squirrels and rabbits are found in this section. It is approximately
ten miles to unposted hunting grounds. Hunting guides and hunting lodges
are not available.
Fresh water black bass, bream, perch, catfish, and sand trout are caught
in numerous lakes, pools and creeks in the nearby vicinity. There are no
fishing camps, fishing guides or charter fishing boats available,
Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Church of God, Apostellic, Seventh Day
Adventist and Episcopal denominations have services in Fbrt Meade.
Reif House, 12 rooms, rates $2 and up.
2. Tourist Courts:
3. Guest Homes:
Miss Martha Smith operates a guest home on North Charleston Avenue.
4. Trailer Pprks:
Municipal Trailer Park has limited electrical connections. The rates are
$1.50 minimum per week and up or 500 per night.
5. Eating Places:
Further information can be obtained from:
CITY OF FORT MEADE
Fort Meade, Florida