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Winter Haven

Polk County

Year Founded: 1923


This town was platted in 1884-85. P.D. Eyclesheimer named it Winter Haven because it was considered a haven from the severities of winter. The first meeting of the Town Council was held on June 22, 1911. An election was held for mayor and Town Council and seven people were elected. The city government was reclassified from a Town Council to a City Commission in 1924

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