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Winter Park, Florida, USA

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Where is Winter Park, Florida, USA? 

Winter Park, Orange, Florida, USA
The area did not develop rapidly until 1880, when a South Florida Railroad track connecting Orlando and Sanford was laid a few miles west of Osceola. Shortly afterwards, Loring Chase came to Orange County from Chicago to recuperate from a lung disease. In his travels, he discovered the pretty group of lakes just east of the railbed. He enlisted a wealthy New Englander, Oliver E. Chapman, and they assembled a very large tract of land, upon which they planned the town of Winter Park. Over the next four years they plotted the town, opened streets, built a town hall and a store, planted orange trees, and required all buildings to meet stylistic and architectural standards. They promoted it heavily. During this time, the railroad constructed a depot (1882), connected to Osceola by a dirt road.

In 1885, a group of businessmen started the Winter Park Company and incorporated it with the Florida Legislature; Chase and Chapman sold the town to the new company. In a land bubble characteristic of Florida history, land prices soared from less than $2 per acre to over $200, with at least one sale recorded at $300 per acre.

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Winter Park, Florida, USA - The Walk of Fame. Rollins College. Winter Park, Fla.
Winter Park, Florida, USA

The Walk of Fame. Rollins College. Winter Park, Fla.

Winter Park, Florida, USA - 1911 Rollins College, Winter Park Ad
Winter Park, Florida, USA

1911 Rollins College, Winter Park Ad
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Miami, Dade Country, Fla.
July 21, 1911

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1858 - (Winter Park) - The city was originally named Lakeview in 1858
David Mizell Jr. and his family, the first settlers in what is now Winter Park, buy eight acres...Read MORE...

1870 - (Winter Park) - The settlement of Lake View got a post office and became known as Osceola
The name of Lake View is changed to Osceola, and a post office opens at the home of Col. E.B....Read MORE...

1880 - (Winter Park) - A South Florida Railroad track connecting Orlando and Sanford was laid a few miles west of Osceola.

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1882 - (Winter Park) - The railroad constructed a depot, connected to Osceola by a dirt road.

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In 1885, a group of businessmen started the Winter Park Company and incorporated it with the Florida Legislature

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In 1885, the Congregational Assembly of Florida started Rollins College, the state's first four-year college.

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1886 - (Winter Park) - The Seminole Hotel on Lake Osceola opened
The Seminole Hotel opens on New Year’s night. It is a grand lakeside resort with gas lights, steam...Read MORE...

1887 - (Winter Park) - Chartered in 1887, the city was originally developed as a winter resort for wealthy Northerners seeking refuge from the harsh winters and a tranquil place to rest and relax.
Winter Park is incorporated as a town in October. Its corporate limits take in the Osceola...Read MORE...

1891 - (Winter Park) - The Henkel Block opens on Park Avenue with five stores, a boarding house and a doctor’s office. Fifteen street lamps, fueled by oil, are placed downtown.

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1895 - (Winter Park) - A policeman is hired to patrol groves within town limits to prevent the theft of fruit. He is paid $35 a month.

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1903 - (Winter Park) - Animals are doing a lot of damage, so five-day permits are issued to kill squirrels and destructive birds. Permission also is granted to kill alligators in the town’s lakes.
Another ordinance levies a $25 fine and/ or 25 days at hard labor for persons found guilty of...Read MORE...

1904 - (Winter Park) - A speed limit of 8 mph is mandated for motor vehicles

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1906
Winterpark, a post-town and resort of Orange co., Fla., on the Atlantic Coast and the Seaboard Air...Read MORE...

1908 - (Winter Park) - A boy is employed for $10 per month to keep cows off the streets during daylight hours.

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here


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flag  Elmira RABB (13 July 1880, Winter Park, Florida, USA - 14 October 1924, Orlando, Florida, USA)

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 flag  Otis Raymond THAYER (26 July 1885, Winter Park, Florida, USA - 28 September 1948, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA ) gravestone
 

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