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Davenport

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Davenport is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,925 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau is 1,994. While the city of Davenport itself is very small, the area north of the city close to Interstate 4 and US 27 is experiencing explosive growth. It is part of the Lakeland - Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area. The current mayor is Darlene Bradley who is currently serving between 2015 and 2017.HistoryThe first white settlement in the area now known as Davenport was in January 1839 when the U.S. military set up Fort Cummings as a place to negotiate with the Seminoles to end the Second Seminole War. In spite of their efforts, the fort only lasted a few years.The modern city of Davenport had its start in the 1880s when the South Florida Railroad was extended to that point. Some believe Davenport was named for a railroad conductor, while others say the city was named for William Davenport, a military leader in the Seminole Wars. A post office called Davenport has been in operation since 1885.Geography and climateDavenport is located at. Davenport is located within the Central Florida Highlands area of the Atlantic coastal plain with a terrain consisting of flatland interspersed with gently rolling hills.
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