PROSPECTUS of the Orlando and Winter Park Rail Way.
THE LOCHMEDE ROUTE.
Florida’s remarkable development needs no comment from us. Orange County has led the state in this phenomenal progress. From a population of 320, in 1860 it has increased to 30,000, in 1887. Orlando, the county seat six years ago had a Court House, store and a few dwellings, to-day 6,000, inhabitants, solid brick blocks, street cars, telephone exchange, national banks, water works, gas works, ice factory, orange wine factories, foundries, machine shops, wagon works, and various other manufactories, and is the leading city in the Peninsula. From Orlando, our line follows a chain of beautiful lakes reaching to Lake Howell.
Winter Park, four miles from Orlando by our line, four years ago had nothing, to-day, there are hundreds of winter Cottages, Churches, stores, schools etc. The Seminole, the largest hotel in South Florida, accommodating 400 guests has been full to overflowing the two seasons it has been open -- and Rollins College the finest school in the south, with an endowment of $200,000, are located here.
Two miles farther comes Osceola, one of the oldest settlements of this part of the State with some of the oldest and heaviest-bearing groves in the State, many trees bearing 3,000 oranges each per year. After going four miles farther through and passing some of the finest groves in the State we reach the far-famed orange grove settlement of Lake Howell. The extraordinary growth of this section is due to its unusual resources, large quantities of good lands and charming lakes and woodlands which have especially [fitted] the vicinity of Orlando and Winter Park for winter homes, fashionable resorts and the growth of fruits and vegetables. The portion between Orlando and Osceola is rapidly becoming a continuous town and all land not built on now between the two places is laid off into residence lots and is being rapidly occupied by handsome residences and charming homes.