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St. Cloud is located in the central part of the state of Florida. It sits on the southern shore of the East Lake Tohopekaliga that is situated the central part of the state. The city was initially founded as a retirement community that is dedicated to the Civil War union veterans, and was able to gain the nickname “The Friendly Soldier City.” Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia was able to take an interest in the development of the region while they were on a fishing trip during the 1870s. Then Disston contracted with Florida Internal Improvement Fund, and in receivership, to pay the $1 million in able to offset the Civil War and Reconstruction debt. So Disston awarded half of the land area where he drained from the state’s swamp.