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Arcadia is a city and county seat of DeSoto County, Florida, United States. The population was 7,626 as of the 2013 census. Arcadia's Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Arcadia is home to Deep Creek Preserve.History"The Rev. James Madison ("Boss") Hendry (1839–1922) named the town in honor of Arcadia Albritton (1861–1932), a daughter of Thomas H. and Fannie (Waldron) Albritton, pioneer settlers. Arcadia had baked him a cake for his birthday and he appreciated it so much that he named the city after her."During the late 19th century Arcadia was the county seat of what would become many counties. In 1921 legislation enacted called for Arcadia to remain the county seat of DeSoto County and resulted in the creation of present day counties of Charlotte, Hardee, Glades and Highlands. Prior to this break up Arcadia's population had grown considerably with over 1,000 permanent residents and boasted 3000sqmi for ranching. During Thanksgiving Day in 1905 the town was destroyed by a large-scale fire that originated from a mid-town livery stable. Furthermore the fire was exacerbated because the town did not have a working water system or fire department. The estimated monetary damage was $250,000 but there was no loss of life. Much of the business district was not spared. It would be years before the town recovered.Oak Street is "main street" in Arcadia. Arcadia's downtown is far more elaborate than neighboring county's downtown areas, as it is older and was their county seat prior to the formation of their present counties. Beside the historic downtown area, Arcadia is also home to many early 20th century homes, houses of worship and several historic public buildings.
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