Polk County, Florida
Polk County is sometimes called Imperial Polk County. This name stems from 1914, when the county issued a $1.5 million bond to pave a number of roads. That bond issue was considerable for those days, and allowed for 9 foot-wide roads to start from Bartow to Mulberry, Lake Wales, Fort Meade, Winter Haven, Lakeland and Auburndale. According to historical reports, then-county commission clerk W.S. Wev had the idea of erecting an arch over every paved road at its entrance to Polk County, proclaiming that the motorist was about to enter "Imperial Polk County." The name stuck.
The Polk County School District is the public school district of the county.
Polk County's population as of 2007 was 581,058. It is one of 20 charter counties in the state. It became a charter county in 1998.
Polk County became Florida's 39th county on February 8, 1861, when the State of Florida divided Hillsborough County into eastern and western halves. The eastern half was named Polk, in honor of the 11th President of the United States, James Knox Polk.
Following the Civil War, the county commission established the county seat in Bartow, in the central part of the county. Bartow was named after Francis S. Bartow, a confederate Colonel from Georgia who was the first confederate officer to die in battle during the first battle of the Civil War. Fort Blount, as Bartow was then known, in a move to honor one of the first fallen heroes of the Confederacy, was one of several towns and counties in the South that changed their name to Bartow.
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- Local tax information is available.
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