Lakeland is situated in the central part of the state of Florida, and a city in Polk County, Lakeland, is situated northeast of Tampa and west of Winter Haven. A Kentucky businessman purchased a large part of the area and built a railroad. The area's community was named after the numerous lakes that are found all over the area, and several of these lakes were within the city's boundaries. With the arrival of the railroad, the growth of the town started. At the end of the 1880s, strawberries became a major crop, and there was a variety of seedless grapefruit that have been developed and grown. Lakeland Center is a massive complex of venues that hosts sporting events, theater productions, concerts, and many other shows and conventions.
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