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Largo is part of the Tampa Bay Area and it is the third largest city in Pinellas County Florida. It is the crossroads of the county. As of 2004 the population was 71,704. The city was first incorporated in 1905. The city began as a farming community and it is sister city to Tosayamada, Kochi, Japan. It has been named National Arbor Day Tree City for 17 years in a row. Need a Largo Realty Expert?

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Largo's original inhabitants were called Tocobaga and then also known as the Safety Harbor culture from their archeological remains near Safty Harbor, Florida. Because of Spanish colonization efforts, warfare between England and Spain and European diseases the Tocobaga Indians were virtually destroyed. Florida was added to the United States in 1821. Largo Real Estate Listings

Among the first settlers were the families of James and Daniel McMullen. They raised cattle, grew citrus and vegetables and fished. In the Cival War most of Largo's residents fought for the Confederate States of America. The McMullens brothers were members of the Cow Cavalty driving the cattle to Georgia and the Carolinas to help with the war effort. In 1888 the city was renamed Lake Largo and the Orange Blossom Railroad was in the area. Find Largo Realtors Today


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Between 1910 and 1930 Largo's population increased about 500%. After that Largo's economy was based on farming, citrus groves and cattle ranches and hog farms as well as turpentine stills and sawmills. Citrus City was its nickname because it was a citrus packing, canning and shipping center.

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After World War II Largo grew rapidly with people moving into the area, companies like General Electric and Honeywell boosted the economy. In 2005 Largo covered 17 square miles. All the farms, ranches, orange groves and forests areas were now homes and shopping centers and light industry. Increased population caused increased city services. In 1995 Largo Central Park opened on the site of the old Pinellas County Fairgrounds. In the park is the Largo Cultural Center and the Largo Public Library. Available Largo Property Listings

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