Kissimmee is an American city that is situated in Osceola County, Florida. It covers an area of seventeen square miles and has a population of over sixty thousand residents. This city was founded in the mid-nineteenth century as Allendale, and was later renamed to Kissimmee when it was incorporated as a city in 1883. The rapid growth of the city can be attributed to Hamilton Disston, an entrepeneur who located his two million acre drainage operation there. He was contracted by the state of Florida to drain the swamps, and for his efforts he would receive half of those he successfully drained. The deal would make Hamilton Disston the single largest landowner in the entire country. His draining and land speculation required a steamboat industry to transport goods and workers. The job of building these ships would fall to Kissimmee Shipyard and the steamship industry in the town thrived. But, this economic boom was short lived as the railroads competed with the steamships. At the same time, hard winter freezes wiped out the citrus industry in the city. Combine these two unfortunate situations with the Panic of 1883 and you have a recipe for disaster. Hamilton Disston closed his operations and the city would have to depend on cattle ranching for its sustinance. It would rely on cattle ranching until Walt Disney World was opened. The economy of the city then transferred to tourism and development and away from ranching. Today, Kissimmee is a thriving city with a health tourist trade. It is known for its attractions, as well as the notable people that were born in the city or who have lived there. Notable people from Kissimmee include John Milton Bryan Simpson, Vassar Clements, James Mitchell, Jonathan Summerton, A. J. McLean, Tito Paul, Tonga Fifita, William J. Sears, Kissy Simmons, Buddy Dyer, Brett Williams, Corey Cruz, Brent Fullwood, John Quinones, Colt Terry, Arawak Jah and Ray Lloyd.
Popular attractions in the city include Green Barn on the Lake, Walk-N-Sticks Golf Club, Crystalbrook Golf Course, Osceola Flea and Farmers Market, Osceola County Stadium, Orange Blossom Balloons, Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club, Old Town, Medieval Times, Orlando Balloon Rides, Capone’s Dinner and Show, Mindy O Waterpark, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides West, Green Meadows Petting Farm, Wild Willy’s Airboat Tours, Aquatic Adventures Airboat Tours, Horse World Riding Stables, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club, Congo River Golf, Bonanza Golf & Gifts, Haunted Grimm House, A World of Orchids, Magic Sunrise Ballooning, Biplane Rides Over Kissimmee, Big Toho Airboat Tours, Xtreme Paintball Xperience, Kissimmee Civic Center and Congo River Golf. There are also a number of restaurants and hotels in this city. Restaurants in the city include Garibaldi Mexican Cuisine, Tarantino’s Italian Ristorante, Gaylord Palms, Columbia Restaurant of Celebration, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and Azteca’s Restaurant. Hotels in the city of Kissimmee include Clarion Hotel Maingate, Celebration Hotel, Best Western Maingate East Hotel & Suites, Mona Lisa Suite Hotel, Comfort Suites Maingate East Kissimmee Hotel, Palms Hotel & Villas and Seralago Hotel & Suites.