Kissimmee, FL

Kissimmee (pron.:/ksmi/k-SIM-ee) is a city in Osceola County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 59,682.[3] It is the county seat of Osceola County.[6] Kissimmee is a Principal City of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2010 population of 2,134,411.[3] Founded in the mid-19th century as Allendale, it was renamed Kissimmee when incorporated as a city in 1883. The name, Kissimmee, came from 'Cacema', an Indian name meaning 'long water'.[7] Its growth can be credited to Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia, who based his two-million acre (8,000km2) drainage operation out of the small town. Disston had contracted with the financially wobbly state of Florida to drain its southern lands, for which he would own half of all he successfully drained. This deal made Disston the largest single landowner in the United States. Disston's dredging and land speculation required a small steamboat industry to transport people and goods along the new waterway. The Kissimmee shipyard was responsible for building most of these large steamships, which were just one jump ahead of civilizationwith Kissimmee as the jumping off point. Concurrently, the South Florida Railroad was growing and extended the end of its line from Sanford down to Kissimmee, making the town on Lake Tohopekaliga a transportation hub for Central Florida. On February 12, 1885, the Florida Legislature incorporated the Kissimmee City Street Railway. But the heyday of Kissimmee was short-lived. Expanding railroads began to challenge the steamships for carrying freight and passengers. By 1884, the South Florida Railroad, now part of the Plant System, had extended its tracks to Tampa. The Panic of 1893 was the worst depression the U.S. had experienced up to that time, crushing land speculation and unsound debt. Hamilton Disston closed his Kissimmee land operation. Back-to-back freezes in 1894 and 1895 wiped out the citrus industry. The freezes, combined with South Florida's growth and the relocation of steamship operations to Lake Okeechobee, left Kissimmee dependent on cattle raising.

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    7 Bed

    7.5 Bath

    7,829SqFt

    2365 THACKER TRL,
    Kissimmee, FL 34747

    $1,749,000

    MLS® #S4841770 MLS® # S4841770 (Active)
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    9 Bed

    10.5 Bath

    7,600SqFt

    2713 FORMOSA BLVD,
    Kissimmee, FL 34747

    $1,725,000

    MLS® #S4833802 MLS® # S4833802 (Active)
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    5 Bed

    5.5 Bath

    9,029SqFt

    1388 GRANDVIEW BLVD,
    Kissimmee, FL 34744

    $1,690,000

    MLS® #S4834258 MLS® # S4834258 (Active)
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    7 Bed

    8.0 Bath

    5,780SqFt

    8182 VALHALLA TER,
    Kissimmee, FL 34747

    $1,525,000

    MLS® #O5482361 MLS® # O5482361 (Active)
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    7 Bed

    7.5 Bath

    5,898SqFt

    1110 WATSON CT,
    Kissimmee, FL 34747

    $1,275,000

    MLS® #O5491041 MLS® # O5491041 (Active)

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    Royle Realty Group

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    Orlando  Florida 32803

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