St Cloud

Historic St. Cloud Florida, By: Experience Kissimmee
St. Cloud, a midsize, family-oriented city near Orlando, was founded on April 16, 1909, as a retirement community for Civil War Union veterans who paid $50 for five-acre lots. The birth of modern day St. Cloud is possible through the aspirations of several men, including Hamilton Disston, who Read More +
St. Cloud, a midsize, family-oriented city near Orlando, was founded on April 16, 1909, as a retirement
community for Civil War Union veterans who paid $50 for five-acre lots. The birth of modern day St.
Cloud is possible through the aspirations of several men, including Hamilton Disston, who began visiting
Florida from Philadelphia on fishing trips in the 1870s. After positive results from sugarcane at Southport,
Disston became interested in its production. He erected the first sugar factory at the St. Cloud Plantation at
East Lake Tohopekaliga. A small community developed at Disston’s sugar works and when the plantation
was abandoned, a few families stayed on, moving to the location. The Sugar Belt Railway was merged with
South Florida Railway and the St. Cloud Plantation was acquired by the Seminole Land and Investment
Company (SLIC). Read less –