Hillcrest Heights, Florida

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Hillcrest Heights is a town in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 266 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 280.[4] It is part of the LakelandWinter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area.



In 1917, the Lakeside Club was built on the south shore of Crooked Lake.[5] A year later, this club burnt to the ground and was rebuilt and named the Hillcrest Lodge. This lodge was well known and many celebrities stayed there including Bobby Jones, Babe Ruth and William Jennings Bryan.[5]

In 1923, the Village of Hillcrest Heights was incorporated. A year later, the town's dirt roads were all paved.[5]

Geography and Climate

Hillcrest Heights is located just south of Babson Park and east of Crooked Lake. The town is approximately nine miles south of Lake Wales and five miles (8 km) north of Frostproof. Hillcrest Heights is located within the Central Florida Highlands area of the Atlantic coastal plain with a terrain consisting of flatland interspersed with gently rolling hills.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²), all land.

Hillcrest Heights is located in the humid subtropical zone (Köppen climate classification: Cfa).[7]

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