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A city in Osceola County, Florida , USA, Kissimmee was founded as Allendale but later on renamed as Kissimmee when recognized as a city in 1883. The population estimate as per 2006 is 60,894. Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia is responsible for its growth who lent a sizable share of land for drainage operation purposes. As part of contract, Disston volunteered to drain the southern lands of Florida hence entitling him to own half of all the successfully drained land. This deal made Disston the largest single landowner in the United States. Disston's endeavors called for a small steamboat industry to transport people and goods along the new waterway. The Kissimmee shipyard managed to build most of these steamships, which brought a revolutionary concept. Incidentally, the South Florida Railroad eventually developed going from the end of its line from Sanford to Kissimmee.
This helped made the town on Lake Tohopekaliga a transportation hub for Central Florida. In February 1885, the Kissimmee City Street Railway was integrated with the Florida Legislature. The prime time of Kissimmee was however temporary. More and more railroads started being constructed breaking the superiority of steamships for transporting freight and passengers. By 1885, the South Florida Railroad was laid down till Tampa. In 1893, the worst depression hit U.S. destroying land speculation and unsteady debt. Hamilton Disston closed his Kissimmee land operation. After that, back to back freezes in two successive years severely damaged the citrus industry. Due to the freezes, together with South Florida's development and the relocation of steamship operations, Kissimmee was left reliant on cattle-raising.
Ranching remained a big contributor to local economy in Kissimmee till the opening of nearby Walt Disney World in 1971. Then, tourism and development replaced cattle ranching by a large extent. Still however, cattle ranches are still functioning, especially in the southern part of Osceola County. In August 2004, Hurricane Charley ran through Kissimmee with winds running more than 100 miles per hour. It was a big catastrophe whereby homes, buildings, trees and electrical power were damaged. The power was completely lost but it was soon revived quickly in stages. Sports scene at Kissimmee is something to talk about. The Houston Astros conduct spring training in Kissimmee, at Osceola County Stadium. Several amateur baseball events all through the year are also held at the stadium in coordination with major Sports authorities. Jim Evan's Academy of Professional Umpiring has made this stadium its home since five years. The Osceola County Softball complex comprises of five fields where sports events are regularly held. The USSSA 2005 Complex of the Year Award and other games are also played at this complex.
Austin-Tindall Regional Park is yet another athletic arena where scores of annual events are played. The annual NCCAA men's soccer National Championship is also played here. For recreation, Osceola Heritage Park is a wonderful event facility along with concert arena. There is also a professional sports stadium. At the Silver Spurs Arena, many acts are hosted starting from Hilary Duff, Bob Dylan to an annual rodeo event. Jehovah's Witnesses make use of The Silver Spurs Arena for their annual meetings. In the year 2008, a number of conventions were held by the Witnesses, where thousands of delegates came to the Kissimmee area for events. A large capacity outdoor water park can also be found at Kissimmee apart from multiple golf courses. A large outdoor shopping mall is also located which features stores that are really sought after apart from a multi-plex theater. Kissimmee is present near Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld. It is also home to Disney World so get Kissimmee Tickets for all that you would love to explore!