Davie, Florida

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Davie is a town in Broward County, Florida, United States. In 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the town's population at 90,329.[2] It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which is home to 5,463,857 people.[5]

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History

Davie was founded by a group of settlers composed of workers from the Panama Canal Zone. The original name of the town was Zona because of this. Randolph P. Davie, a developer, bought about 27,000 acres (109 km2) in the area and the town name was changed to "Davie." It was carved out of Everglades land that was mostly under water. The early history of the town was dominated by drainage issues, some of which persist today.

Davie has always had a reputation as a "Western" town. It boasts a significant horse-owning population and once was home to many herds of cattle. In recent years, commercial and residential development has discouraged such practices but Davie still tries to maintain a "Western" feel. Pioneer City, a western theme park, was located across the street from Flamingo Gardens. It was built in the 1960s and closed a few years later.

Geography

Davie is located at 26°04′53″N 80°16′49″W / 26.081426°N 80.280223°W / 26.081426; -80.280223.[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.17 square miles (88 km2). 33.43 square miles (87 km2) of it is land and 0.74 square miles (2 km2) of it (2.17%) is water.

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