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Hardee County

Year Founded: 1907


Wauchula was formed as a town in 1902. The name is an Indian word thought to be derived from “wiwa” (water) and “achuli” (old), hence stagnant water. Another suggested meaning is “sand hill crane.” Wauchula was originally a part of DeSoto County. In 1921, Hardee County was formed with Wauchula as the county seat.

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