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Winter Haven

Winter Haven, Florida

 

 

About Winter Haven

 

Winter Haven has 41 lakes in and around its limits. It is known as the water skiing capital of the world. It is a great place for boating, fishing and other water sports. “The Chain of Lakes” is the Winter Haven city motto. Downtown Winter Haven has an innovative and strong community atmosphere and is a place for businesses of all sizes to thrive. 

 

 

Winter Haven History

In the 1860s, the Thornhills were the first family to move to the area now known as Winter Haven. Additional families soon followed. The area was plotted in 1884 by Blount and Whitledge. The name "Winter Haven" was based it on the city having a pleasant climate during winter. The name was suggested by an early settler P.D. Eycleshimer and was adopted as the city name, by the people of the area, in 1885. The city was incorporated in 1911.

 

“The Chain of Lakes” is the Winter Haven city motto. Winter Haven has 41 lakes in and around its limits. It is known as the water skiing capital of the world. It is a great place for boating, fishing and other water sports. 

 

Winter Haven, Florida is in Polk county. it is 14 miles E of Lakeland and 44 miles E of Tampa. 

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