The village of Kissimmee (pronounced “kiss- emmy) is linked to one of Florida’s least-known tribes, the Jororo Tribe. Other names through the years were Atissimi, Jizimi and Tisimi. In 1752, a Spanish map called this area “Cacema” which eventually became known as “Kissimmee.”
First founded in the mid-19th century as Allendale, it became “Kissimmee” when it was incorporated in 1883. A man by the name of Hamilton Disston started a two-million acre drainage operation. Mr. Disston contracted with the State of Florida to drain the southern lands of Florida. This deal made Disston the largest single landowner in the United States. The business progressed to develop a steamboat industry which transported people and goods along the newly developed waterways. At the same time, the South Florida Railroad came into being and extended travel from Sanford, Florida to Kissimmee making Kissimmee a transportation hub for Central Florida. On February 12, 1885, the Florida Legislature incorporated the “Kissimmee City Street Railway.”
By 1950, Kissimmee had a population of 4,310. Citrus and ranching were the mainstay businesses. By 1971, Walt Disney World opened and created the current tourism industry and cattle ranching was replaced for the most part. In southern Osceola County, there are still a few ranches remaining, but tourism has become the #1 industry in the area.
Today, the City of Kissimmee has a population of about 62,632. From its meager beginnings, the area has grown in leaps and bounds. There are two major hospitals in the area (Florida Hospital Kissimmee and Osceola Regional Medical Center) as well as two other major medical centers in Orlando, short drive north. Nearby and recently opened is the UCF Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona, a state-of-the-art complex for medical and biomedical education and research center. This medical community is building a strong partnership with the surrounding medical and local community. The developing life sciences community at Lake Nona will transform the Central Florida economy. By 2017, UCF is expected to create more than 30,000 jobs and have a projected annual economic impact of $7.6 billion.
Kissimmee is also the spring-training home of the Houston Astros where they practice at the Osceola County Stadium. Numerous amateur baseball teams play at the stadium as well as the Triple Crown Sports, World Baseball Federation and Promotion Sports. Since 1994, the Jim Evan’s Academy of Professional Umpiring is also located in the stadium. There are 18 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, and 7 high schools in the Kissimmee area. One of the high schools offers the International Baccalaureate Program. There are 3 private schools. The Osceola Campus of Valencia State College is located nearby as well as Florida Christian College.
Homes range from $103,981 to $210,446. The Atlantic Ocean (including Daytona Beach) is about 50 miles east of Kissimmee. Other attractions are the new Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic. Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World are also a short drive from Kissimmee. There is always something to do in Central Florida.
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