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Kissimmee is a city in Osceola County. Kissimmee (pronounced /kiˈsimi/, accent on second syllable) is a popular Central Florida tourist destination because of its sunny weather, spring training baseball for major league clubs, and close proximity to Disney World. It is located just south of Orlando in what is commonly referred to as the "Kissimmee-St. Cloud" area, due to the short distance between it and the adjacent city of St. Cloud. It is centered directly between St. Cloud and Disney World on Highway 192 and leads into SR-535, which leads directly into Disney World theme parks. Most tourist activity is centered around Highway 192 (also known as Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and Vine Street in the city of Kissimmee).

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  1. In the late 1800s, cowhands were known to ride up to saloons in the pioneer settlement later to become Kissimmee and order a whiskey without dismounting. The thirsty cattlemen probably originated the concept of “drive-thru” service.
  2. Kissimmee is home to the largest concentration of nesting Bald Eagles in the continental United States.
  3. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes is the headwaters to the Florida Everglades. Its waterways are navigable to the Gulf of Mexico as well as the Atlantic Ocean.
  4. Makinson’s Hardware Store, located in Downtown Kissimmee, is the oldest hardware store in the state of Florida.
  5. At one time there were so many wild cows in Kissimmee, the residents of downtown had to fence in their yards to keep the cows out.

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