|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?
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
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.
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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.
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