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Clearwater

Pinellas County

Year Founded: 1915

History

Panfilo de Narvaez landed here on what is now the Pinellas peninsula in 1528. Early in the 19th century, some fishermen attempted citrus culture here, but were unsuccessful because of trouble with the Seminoles. After the establishment of Fort Harrison near this site in 1841, a group of settlers under the leadership of James Stevens took up homes and farms under the Armed Occupation Act.    The town was first called Clear Water Harbor, because of a spring of sulfated water bubbling up in the Gulf near the shore, making the water unusually clear and sparkling. Later, the “harbor” part of the name was dropped and the other two words were merged into one.

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