DeSoto County is named for the Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto. It was created from Manatee County in 1887. Until 1921 DeSoto was one of the largest counties in the state, but residents complained of the vast distances between home and courthouse and it was subdivided to create Hardee, Charlotte, Highlands, and Glades Counties.
The original DeSoto County seat, which had also served Manatee County since 1866, was located at Pine Level. Eventually a new county seat was created at "Tater Hill Bluff," renamed Arcadia, in 1888.
The current DeSoto County Courthouse was built by the Read-Parker Construction Company in 1912. It was designed by the Tampa architectural firm of Bonfoey and Elliot.
In the late 1870's, the railroads were completed through Desoto County and it changed the growth of the county and brought wealth for many. In 1881, phosphate was discovered on the banks of Peace River that flows through the county. Mining of this mineral brought much prosperity for many years. Ruins of the old phosphate docks can be found today near Liverpool on Hunter Creek, just a few hundred yards from the Peace River in South DeSoto County.
May 24 Special Master Hearing
DESOTO COUNTY SPECIAL MASTERS AGENDA May 24, 2013 CALL TO ORDER 10:00 A.M. SWEARING... read more
May 27 COUNTY OFFICES CLOSED
County Office's will be closed in observance of Memorial Day read more
May 28 Workshop
NOTICE OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WORKSHOP - To discuss State Fire Codes with the State Fire... read more
May 28 BOCC Meeting
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING DESOTO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Location: 201 E Oak... read more
May 30 HOSPITAL BOARD MEETING
The Board of County Commissioners have been invited to the DeSoto County Hospital Board... read more
13-13-00ITB LAP Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan Design Services
Project Number: 13-13-00... read more
13-07-00ITB Floating Access Dock Construction & Toe Scouring Restoration Services at Liverpool Park
Project Number: 13-07-00 Invitation to Bid Title: DeSoto County Floating... read more
Hurricane Seminar On June 5th
Notice of Public Hearings
The Board of County Commissioners of DeSoto County, Florida, will consider the adoption of an... read more
SSG Christopher Ward Proclamation
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