Kissimmee is located in the state of Florida and is the largest city and seat of Osceola County. The area was initially named as Allendale after Confederate Major J. H. Allen opened the first cargo steamboat that operates in the Kissimmee River, the Mary Belle. The area's development can be attributed to Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia, who based his multi-million-acre drainage operation out of the small town. Disston established a dredging and land speculation wherein it required a small steamboat industry that was used to convey people and goods along the waterway. The shipyard that was built in the city was responsible for most of the building of the large steamships, which was then considered as one jump ahead of the civilization and made Kissimmee as its jumping point. With the growth of South Florida Railroad, it was growing and has extended its line coming from Sanford to the city, which then made the town that is located on Lake Tohopekaliga as Central Florida's transportation hub.
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