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Arcadia City

Arcadia City Hall is located at 23 North Polk Avenue, Arcadia, FL 34266; phone: 863-494-4114.

William Oswell Ralls House, 640 West Whidden Street, ca. 1903, Arcadia, FL.

Photo: William Oswell Ralls House, 640 West Whidden Street, ca. 1903, Arcadia, FL. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. Photographed by User:Ebyabe (own work), 2011, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed February, 2013.

Arcadia as described in 1939 [1]

Arcadia, an oasis in a vast Florida prairie, is built around the three-story red brick courthouse that occupies a landscaped square in the center of the city. For miles on every stretch treeless flatlands are used for grazing cattle. Cow camps are numerous in the vicinity and give the town a frontier atmosphere; cattlemen in ten-gallon hats walk the streets; rodeos, barbecues, and other range-hand activities impart color to social life in Arcadia; strings of colored lights festoon the main thoroughfare on festive occasions. The Florida Baptist Children's Home, established in 1907, cares for 150 children, operating its own farm, dairy, citrus grove, print shop and canning factory.

  1. Federal Works Agency, Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Program, Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State, American Guide Series, Florida Department of Public Instruction, 1939.
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