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Polk County

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The first century of Polk County, Florida, is explored in this 61-page reprint of Century in the Sun, a history of Polk County originally published in 1961 by the Centennial Committee, plus excerpts from Florida, a Guide to the Southernmost State, a 1939 WPA project. This heavily illustrated 8 1/2 x 11" booklet is printed on 60# paper. The 3-color cover is printed on 80# card stock and protected with a vinyl sheet. The booklet includes a history of Polk county, and a look at its municipalities -- Fort Meade, Bartow, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Davenport, Haines City, Dundee, Lake Alfred, Auburndale, Lake Wales, Frostproof, Mulberry, and Polk city; Religion and Education; Citrus and Cattle; the Phosphate Industry; Tourism, including Cypress Gardens; Centennial Activities; Polk Today and Tomorrow; and the Centennial Committee with pictures of county commissioners and executive committee members. Brief bios of a number of pioneers are included: Jacob Summerlin, Herbert Jackson Drane, J. Wesley Bryant, L.A. Morgan, Dr. James Lafayette Derieux, Miss Bessie Walker, Willoughby Tillis, M.R. Anderson, Dr. F. W. Inman, Isaac Van Horn, Marion Buxton, Jesse Keen, T.A. Currie, Readding Blount, A.B. Harrington, Benjamin Franklin Holland, William Frank Anderson, Emory Bryant, F.A. K. Harris, William Van Fleet, H.B. Carter, John Logan, Louis W. Cowdery, Dr. William Rowan Groover, Captain William B. Bonacker, C.A. Boswell, Gen. E.M. Law, S.L.A. Clonts, Major Phil Dzialynski, and John A. Snively. Although out of date as a tour book, the WPA guides are rich in history and trivia. The excerpts in this booklet include stops at Taft, Kissimmee (when it was known as 'Cow Town' and its population was only 3,162), Intercession City, Davenport, Haines City, Winter Haven, Eloise, Bartow, Fort Meade, Polk City, Dundee, Lake Wales, Babson Park, Frostproof, Lake Alfred, Auburndale, Lakeland, etc.

Polk County, FL
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Cover of Polk County History

Sources: Century in the Sun, a History of Polk County Florida
Authors: Grant Powers
Original Publication Year: 1961
Original Publisher: J.F.C. Hayes
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