Kissimmee is in Osceola County Florida USA with a population of just over 60,000 covering an area of 17.32 square miles and it is located on the northwest shore of Lake Tohopekaliga. Originally called Allendale in the mid-19th century it was renamed as Kissimmee in 1883 when incorporated with city status. In those days its growth can be attributed to Hamilton Disston from Philadelphia who was contracted to drain the southern lands of Florida and in so doing retained half of whatever he cleared. Disston based his 2 million acre drainage facility out of the town come city but by 1893 the depression put an end to this and Kissimmee became dependent upon cattle ranching and also citrus fruit. In 1950 the population of Kissimmee was just 4,310.
It wasn’t until Walt Disney World was built nearby in 1971 that tourism started to bring new employment opportunities. Cattle are still raised in the southern part of Osceola County.
Kissimmee is located within easy reach just 10 miles east of Walt Disney World Resort and 20 miles south of Downtown Orlando. It is just under 23 miles from the centre of Orlando to the centre of Kissimmee and should take approximately 30 minutes by car. There is themed entertainment galore in and about the neighbouring region - Cowboys, outdoor life activities, Gatorland, petting farms, horse riding stables, rodeos, airboat rides many of which are found along highway US-192. Along highway US-192 tourist area you will also find motels, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Osceola Heritage Park is the home of Silver Spurs Arena for concerts, holding for example the Kissimmee Bluegrass Festival, and also home of Osceola County Stadium sports facility where the major league baseball team the Houston Astros hold their spring training.
There is a large outdoor shopping mall called the Loop which is located on the Orange and Osceola County line at John Young Parkway and Osceola Parkway.
A classic car parade is held weekly in the Old Town.
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