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Orlando, Florida, USA - Hotel San Juan and Orange Avenue, Orlando, Fla.

Orlando, Orange, FL

Before being known by its current name, Orlando was called Jernigan after the first permanent settler in the area.

Orlando is home to more than 100 lakes.


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Hotel San Juan and Orange Avenue, Orlando, Fla.
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Hotel San Juan and Orange Avenue, Orlando, Fla.
Feeding the Swans, Lake Lucerne, Orlando, Fla., 1912
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Feeding the Swans, Lake Lucerne, Orlando, Fla., 1912
Orange General Hospital
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A. C. L. Railroad Station, Orlando, Florida
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A. C. L. Railroad Station, Orlando, Florida
Orange Avenue looking North, Orlando, Fla.
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Orange Avenue looking North, Orlando, Fla.
Lake Cherokee Drive
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A Water Hazard on Golf Course at Country Club, Orlando, Fla.
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A Water Hazard on Golf Course at Country Club, Orlando, Fla.
Looking Northeast from Yowell-Duckworth Bldg.
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Looking Northeast from Yowell-Duckworth Bldg.
Albertson Public Library, Orlando, Fla.,
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Albertson Public Library, Orlando, Fla., "The City Beautiful", 1940
Hedge of Flame Vine and Spanish Type Home, Orlando, Fla.,
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Hedge of Flame Vine and Spanish Type Home, Orlando, Fla., "The City Beautiful", 1942
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On the Famous Orange Blossom Trail
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Motel Midget Mansions
On the Famous Orange Blossom Trail
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U.S. Post Office Building, Orlando, Fla.,
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U.S. Post Office Building, Orlando, Fla., "The City Beautiful", 1945
First Baptist Church, 1947
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First Baptist Church, 1947
Episcopal St. Luke's Cathedral, Orlando, Fla.,
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Episcopal St. Luke's Cathedral, Orlando, Fla., "The City Beautiful", 1947
Orlando Lawn Bowling Club
Surrounded by Hedge of Flame Vine, 1949
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Orlando Lawn Bowling Club
Surrounded by Hedge of Flame Vine, 1949
A Quiet Cove on Lake Concord, Orlando, Florida.
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A Quiet Cove on Lake Concord, Orlando, Florida. "The City Beautiful"
Orange Avenue, Orlando, Fla.
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Orange Avenue, Orlando, Fla.
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Beautiful Dubsdread Country Club, 1958
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Beautiful Dubsdread Country Club, 1958

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1838 (Orlando) - The U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin south of the present day Orlando City limits to protect settlers from attacks by Indians.
By 1840, a small community had grown up around the Fort. It was known as Jernigan, named after the Jernigan family, who had established the first permanent settlement in the area.
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1875 - Orlando was incorporated

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1895 - Orlando
Orlan'do, a city and railroad centre, the capital of Orange co., Fla., about 90 miles S. of Palatka. It has a court-house, several churches, a money-order post-office, and a daily and 3 weekly newspapers. It is mainly sup: ported by the cultivation of oranges. Pop. in 1890, 2856.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
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Orlando, a banking city and railroad-centre, the capital of Orange co., Fla., about 90 miles S. of Platka, on the Atlantic Coat and teh Seaboard Air Lines. It is a tourist-resort, and has extensive plantations of tropical fruits. Pop. in 1900, 2481.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1954 - July 1 - WDBO TV channel 6 in Orlando, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1966 - Walt Disney World
The $700 million Walt Disney World, to be built in the Orlando area is announced.

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1971 - October - Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida opens

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2023 - Whether you're traveling with family, friends, or on your own, here's a list of places to go and things to do in Orlando:
1. Walt Disney World Resort: This iconic destination needs no introduction. Explore the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom for a magical experience. Meet beloved characters, enjoy thrilling rides, and witness enchanting parades and fireworks.

2. Universal Orlando Resort: Home to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay water park. Don't miss the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and experience exciting attractions like the Incredible Hulk Coaster and Jurassic Park River Adventure.

3. SeaWorld Orlando: Get up close and personal with marine life, watch stunning animal shows, and experience thrilling rides like Mako, Kraken, and Infinity Falls.

4. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: A short drive from Orlando, this is where you can learn about NASA's space missions, see real spacecraft, and even witness a rocket launch if you time your visit right.

5. Gatorland: For a taste of Florida's wildlife, visit this... Read MORE...

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