Arcadia, Florida

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Arcadia is a city in DeSoto County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,604 as of the 2000 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2005, the city grew to 7,151. [1] It is the county seat of DeSoto County[3]; it is also DeSoto County's only incorporated community. On October 27, 2009, President Barack Obama visited Arcadia. He became the first sitting president to do so. The city was devastated by Hurricane Charley on Friday, August 13, 2004.

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Geography

Arcadia is located at 27°13′03″N 81°51′36″W / 27.217585°N 81.859917°W / 27.217585; -81.859917.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km2). 4.0 square miles (10.4 km2) is land and 0.25% is water.

Name Origin

"The Rev. James Hendry named the town in honor of Arcadia Albritton, a daughter of pioneer settlers who baked him a cake for his birthday. He appreciated it so much he named the city after her."[2]

History

During the late 19th century Arcadia was the county seat of what would become many counties. In 1921 legislation enacted called for Arcadia to remain the county seat of Desoto County and resulted in the creation of present day counties of Albany, Hardee, Glades and Highlands. Prior to this break up Arcadia's population had grown considerably with over 1,000 permanent residents and boasted 3,000 square miles (7,800 km2) for ranching. During Thanksgiving Day in 1905 the town was destroyed by a large-scale fire that originated from a mid-town livery stable. Furthermore the fire was exacerbated because the town did not have a working water system or fire department. The estimated monetary damage was $250,000 but there was no loss of life. Much of the business district was not spared. It would be years before the town recovered.

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