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My Favorite Orlando Memory

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Orlando: The City Beautiful

Orlando’s history dates back to 1838 and the height of the Seminole Wars. The U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin south of the present day Orlando city limits to protect settlers from attacks by indians.

By 1840, a small community had grown up around the fort. It was known as Jernigan, named after the Jernigan family, who had established the first permanent settlement in the area. Jernigan had a post office, established May 30th, 1850.

Six years later with the settlement expanding northward, the community officially changed its name to Orlando. In 1857, the U.S. post office adopted the name change. The town of Orlando was incorporated in 1875 with 85 inhabitants, 22 of whom were qualified voters.

Obviously, a lot has changed in Orlando since 1838. What is your favorite Orlando memory? Was it the first time you saw Mickey? Was it when you discovered the swans on Lake Eola? How about the time you first hiked along the Econ trail? Share your memory and include photos or other items that enhance your story.

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Lake Eola postcard
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Orlando Skyline (Lake Eola)
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Krispy Kreme on University
One of only a few in all of Orlando, this location supplied me with early morning donuts on the way to work...
2007 Lincoln Day Dinner Color Guard
The Orlando  Cadet Squadron  Color Guard presented the U.S. and Florida flags during the Orange County Florida Republican Party's 2007 Linco...
EAA Event at Fantasy of Flight 2007
Members from five Central Florida Civil Air Patrol squadrons came together  to assist the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)  in helpin...
Orlando Magic Logo
Orlando Magic NBA team logo.
Colorectal Health Exhibit
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Colorectal Health Exhibit
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Our Day at the Library
March 14, 2009 at the Main Library.
Memaws Memories
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Lee's Lakeside at Eola Park part 1
Inside of the matchbook cover from Lee's Lakeside at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.
Lee's Lakeside at Eola Park part 2
Outside of the matchbook cover from Lee's Lakeside at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.
Lee's Lakeside at Eola Park part 3
Outside of the matchbook cover from Lee's Lakeside at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.
Lake Eola and Orlando Skyline - Postcard circa 1925 - front
Postcard 104348 Beautiful Florida Series: 0.40 Orlando, Florida, The City Beautiful "A view of the city, looking across Lake Eola." Published by Ashe...
Lake Eola and Orlando Skyline - Postcard circa 1925 - back
Postcard 104348 Beautiful Florida Series: 0.40 Orlando, Florida, The City Beautiful "A view of the city, looking across Lake Eola." Published by Ashe...
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