Brief History of Desoto County
Desoto County was
first conceived on May 15, 1887 and confirmed a county in April 1887.
was named after the Spanish explorer, Hernando DeSoto. It was cut out
Manatee Co with the county seat in Pine Level. The first meeting held
the new county was on July 1887, to vote on a new county seat. On
25, 1887, 13 voting
precincts were approved and
the survey can be
found in the first
Record of Deeds at the county court house. An election was held in
of the same year, but it failed to bring a majority vote.
for the new county seat were Fort
Nocatee, Punta Gorda,
Level, and Arcadia
with Nocatee as the favorite. Sources reveal there was a yellow fever
that quarantined many communities, so a second vote was postponed. On
4, 1888 a second vote was taken and again failed to produce a majority
vote. Finally, on November 6, 1888, a third vote was taken and Arcadia
won the county seat by 21 votes.
At the time, Arcadia
wasn't much of town at all. Residents of the county soon started moving
closer to the new county seat which caused Arcadia to grow, but drove
communities to extinction such as Pine Level and Fort Winder to name a
In the late 1870's,
the railroads were completed through Desoto Co and it changed the
of the county and brought wealth for many. In 1881, phosphate was
on the banks of Peace River that flows through the county. Mining of
mineral brought much prosperity for many years. In 1921, Desoto Co was
divided into present day Desoto, Charlotte, Hardee, Glades and
Today, Arcadia is
the "Heart" of the county and a very visible pride in their history can
be found virtually everywhere in the city. Most of the historical
you find today were built after 1905 when on Thanksgiving
day a fire destroyed a major portion of the town.
Much like it
was over a hundred years ago, Desoto Counties main source of economy
on agriculture, citrus groves, phosphate and cattle.
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