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Saint Cloud Florida Growing Community
The population was 35,183 in the 2010 census, and 40, 918 in the 2013 census estimate. St. Cloud is part of the Orlando- Kissimmee- Sanford metropolitan area. This great city was founded as a retirement community for Civil War union veterans, and gained the nickname “The Friendly Soldier City”.
In the 1870s, Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia took an interest in developing the region while on fishing trips with Henry Shelton Sanford, the founder of the city of Sanford. Disston contracted with the Florida internal improvement Fund, then in receivership, to pay a sum of $1 million to offset its Civil War and reconstruction debt.
In exchange, Disston would be awarded the land he drained from the state’s swamps. Disston dug canals and, in 1886-1887, he established Saint Cloud sugarcane plantation, named after St. Cloud, Minnesota, although many long time locals state the town was named after Saint-Cloud, France located fairly close to Paris. In 1888, Disston opened the sugar belt railway to the South Florida railroad to carry his product to market. But the panic of 1893 dropped land values, and the great freeze of 1894-1895 ruined the plantation. In 1895, he returned to Philadelphia, were he died.
The sugar belt railway merged into the South Florida Railroad. An attempt to cultivate rice in the area failed, and for Several years the land remained fallow. In 1909, 35,000 acres were acquired by the Seminole Land and investment company as the site for a Grand Army of the Republic veteran’s colony. Then Saint Cloud was selected because of its health, climate and productiveness of soil. It was first permanently settled in 1909 by William G. King, a real estate manager from Alachua County who had been given the responsibility to plan, locate and develop a town.
Saint Cloud has tried to separate itself from neighboring cities, and particularly the theme parks, by promoting an image of small-town life, and by attempting to make itself economically less dependent on Kissimmee. On March 6, 2006, Saint Cloud introduced CyberSpot, a program which gives residents free high-speed wireless Internet access. The growing community then ended CyberpSpot, quoting it’s too costly. The city is served by the Osceola Library System.
This town has really developed and is one the growing communities in Florida. St. Cloud is an easy location for your group to navigate. Stay downtown within walking distance of hundreds of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options. There are great things to do in this town. You can get away of many relaxing and beautiful natural wonders, all within comfortable driving distance.
Whether you are looking for a seasonal play or a unique concert experience, Saint Cloud has events to appeal to all tastes and interests. With tons of venues and hundreds of attractions, this growing community is perfect for your next event.