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Part A---General Information
Frostproof is in Central Florida, 75 miles Southeast of Tamrpa and 65 miles
Southwest of Orlando. Lakes Clinch and Reddy are in the city limits. The
elevation is about 100 feet.
Florida Highways 17 and 630 pass through Frostproof. Atlantic Coast Line
Railroad provides rail Service. Seaboard Air Line Railroad provides trans-
portation to 1'est Frostproof, two miles away. Bus-service is provided by
Greyhound lines. Air transportation is not available here but is available
in Lakeland, 45 miles away.
Polk County had a population of 112,429 in 1945. The population of Frost-
proof was, 1,987. The population of Frostproof now is about 2,500.
(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
E May. 76.7 4.82 November 66.3 1.62
June 80.3 8.33 December 61.7 2.24
Annual 72.2 55.31
The first families moved here about 60 years ago. Because of the lakes, high
ground and sandy soil it was found to.be ideal for citrus groves. The
original name was Keystone City but was later changed to Frostproof Then
it was thought the section was freer from frost damage than surrounding areas.
Many battles of the Indian wars were fought in this vicinity. Two old forts,
Clinch and Arbuckle, were near'here on' lakes which now bear those names.
Indian mounds are nearby.
6. Yajor Sources of Income:
Frostproof is an extremely healthy little town, supported chiefly by the
citrus groves, canning plants, and packing houses. A good deal of farming
and fishing are done here. -The town has practically no established tourist
accommodaticns,but is just beginning to awaken to advisability of catering
to this trade.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
Boat races are held here occasionally and horse races quite often,
2. Athletic Events:
High school football and basketball have achieved immense popularity in this
town in the last few years.' Also great interest is shown in the local team
in the Orange Belt Baseball League.
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3. Tourist Clubs:
The tourist clubs here have led a rather erratic existence--sometimes up
and sometimes down,
4. Recreational Clubs:
A boating club was established last year.
5. Civic Organizations:
6. Fraternal Organizations:
Masonic (new temple to be built soon)
Woodmen of the F'orld
7. Organized Entertainment:
8. Recreational Facilities:
Children Play Ground newly constructed
Excellent lakes for swimming with city pier.
Deer, rabbit, squirrel, quail, dove and many others are found in this section.
Unposted hunting grounds are as close as 5 miles. Make local inquiry for
accommodations at-hunting lodges. Hunting guides are not available.
Fresh water bass, perch, catfish, bream, shell crackers and many other fish
are caught in the many excellent lakes and streams in this vicinity. Inquire
locally for information on fishing camps, fishing guides and charter fishing
Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Church of God and Church of Christ
denominations have services in.Frostproof.
2. Tourist Courts:
None listed, but several to be built soon.
3. Guest Homes:
Several, very reasonable. Inquire locally,
4. Eating Places:
Further information on Frostproof may be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
AMERICAN LEGION HISTORIAN
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