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Tales o TOHO By Margaret Wallis rriving on her frst lakefront, have grown. Entering lakefront park of yesteryear. railway trip through its fnal phases of construction, Kissimmee in the late the Kissimmee Lakefront Like many places in Osceola A1880s, Historian Minnie Revitalization Project has County in the early 1800s, Moore-Wilson observed that “… transformed the Tohopekaliga Lake Tohopekaliga – meaning from the oil street lamps, the lakefront into a modern “fort site” – acted as a refuge little city, now numbering about community center, complete during the three Seminole 1,000 inhabitants, presented a with electric car charging Wars. The lakefront was not picture of tropical beauty.” stations and a focus toward largely developed until the the future of Osceola County’s 1880s. After Hamilton Disston Wilson might be shocked community. made a deal with the state to today to see how “the little drain 1 million acres of South city” (now numbering about But any lifelong Osceolan Florida, Kissimmee became a 65,000 inhabitants), and its will tell you that it’s hardly the hub for transport of people and 16 | OCHS HISTORY MAGAZINE
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