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Polk County

Year Founded: 1882


The city seems to have had two previous names before acquiring its present one. The first name was Peas Creek. Later, when Redding Blount came with Jacob Summerlin to pioneer the raising of cattle in Florida , the town was renamed Fort Blount. In 1887, its name was changed again, this time to honor Confederate General Francis F. Bartow, who had been the first general officer of either side to fall in the Civil War. Bartow adopted the council-manager form of government in 1922. Bartow is the county seat.

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