Place:DeSoto, Florida, United States

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DeSoto County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 32,209. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 35,406. Its county seat is Arcadia, Florida. The county comprises the Arcadia, Florida Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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DeSoto County was created in 1887 from Manatee county. It was named for Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, whose name was also honored in Hernando County.

DeSoto County originally included several other present-day counties until 1921, when the Florida legislature created the following new counties: Charlotte, Glades, Hardee, and Highlands.

During World War II, DeSoto County operated the Carlstrom Field Air Base, which provided training for both American and British pilots. Twenty-three British pilots were killed while training at the base and are honored at DeSoto County's Oak Ridge Cemetery, which is located in the town of Arcadia. In 1945, the base turned out its last cadets and was decommissioned. The base was then sold to the State of Florida for one dollar and later converted into a mental health facility known as G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital. The hospital has since been converted into a facility for juvenile offenders.

On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley passed directly through DeSoto County. Hurricane-force winds persisted for an hour, damaging most of the structures in the county and causing some to be completely destroyed.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1887 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1887 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1887 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1887 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1887 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1890 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1930 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1890 4,944
1900 8,047
1910 14,200
1920 25,434
1930 7,745
1940 7,792
1950 9,242
1960 11,683
1970 13,060
1980 19,039
1990 23,865

Note: After 1950 some sparsely settled portions of Manatee and Sarasota were annexed to DeSoto, but these changes were reversed after 1960.

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External links

www.co.desoto.fl.us/


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