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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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  • 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 between Lakes Virginia, Mizell and Berry. The...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. Livingston, who also stocks groceries. The settlement...Read MORE...


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

    www.wikipedia.org

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

    www.wikipedia.org

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

    www.wikipedia.org

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

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 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 heat, and orchestra, formal dining room and long...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 settlement. Earlier that year, work begins on the Orlando...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.

    cityofwinterpark.org

  • 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.

    cityofwinterpark.org

  • Winter Park, Florida, USA

  • Winter Park, Florida, USA
    The Walk of Fame. Rollins College. Winter Park, Fla.
  • 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 playing games on Sunday.

    At the same time, the sale...Read MORE...


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

    cityofwinterpark.org

  • 1906
    Winterpark, a post-town and resort of Orange co., Fla., on the Atlantic Coast and the Seaboard Air Lines. The banking point is Sanford or Orlando....Read MORE...


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

    cityofwinterpark.org

  • Winter Park, Florida, USA
    1911 Rollins College, Winter Park Ad
    "no malaria"

    The Weekly Miami Metropolis
    Miami, Dade Country, Fla.
    July 21, 1911



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1911 Rollins College, Winter Park Ad
"no malaria"

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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 between Lakes Virginia, Mizell and Berry. The... 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. Livingston, who also stocks groceries. The settlement... Read MORE...

  • 1880 - (Winter Park) - A South Florida Railroad track connecting Orlando and Sanford was laid a few miles west of Osceola.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1882 - (Winter Park) - The railroad constructed a depot, connected to Osceola by a dirt road.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • In 1885, a group of businessmen started the Winter Park Company and incorporated it with the Florida Legislature
    www.wikipedia.org
  • In 1885, the Congregational Assembly of Florida started Rollins College, the state's first four-year college.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • 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 heat, and orchestra, formal dining room and long... 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 settlement. Earlier that year, work begins on the Orlando... 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.
    cityofwinterpark.org
  • 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.
    cityofwinterpark.org
  • 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 playing games on Sunday.

    At the same time, the sale... Read MORE...

  • 1904 - (Winter Park) - A speed limit of 8 mph is mandated for motor vehicles
    cityofwinterpark.org
  • 1906
    Winterpark, a post-town and resort of Orange co., Fla., on the Atlantic Coast and the Seaboard Air Lines. The banking point is Sanford or Orlando.... Read MORE...

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

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