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Blackcatter BS: Kissimee FL (16) RE: BS: Kissimee FL 12 Oct 04


The origin of the name "Kissimmee" is not known with certainty. The 1733 Popple Map of Florida labels where the "Cacema" Indians resided in Central Florida, near present day Lake Kissimmee and the Kissimmee River. Natives in the area in 1860 reportedly pronounced the word "Kiss-imm-ee".

The City of Kissimmee was originally a small trading post on the northern bank of Lake Tohopekaliga known as the community of "Allendale". After the Civil War this area was included in a purchase of 4,000,000 acres of marshland and plains by Mr. Hamilton Disston, the owner of Disston Saw Company in Philadelphia. Many steamboat captains navigated the chain of lakes leading from Kissimmee to the Gulf with cargoes of cypress lumber and sugar cane. On March 24, 1883, the citizens voted to incorporate the City, changing the name from Allendale to Kissimmee City. From the late 1800's into the turn of the century, the economy of the Kissimmee area relied strictly on cattle and sugar cane.


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