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A steady stream of settlers moved to the area throughout the 1800s, but when the Orange Belt Railroad was coming through the area in 1886, residents came together to give their community a name. Ultimately the town was named Largo, after the town's large lake. In an ironic twist, the lake which gave name to Largo was completely drained by the Cross Bayou Drainage District 50 years later. Due to its central location and rich farmlands, Largo quickly became the center of the area's citrus industry, earning the title "Citrus City".
The town was officially incorporated in 1905 and, in 1913, became the first town in Florida. In addition, Largo became the second town in the nation to adopt a town manager form of government. After World War II, the population boomed - growing from just 1,500 residents in 1950 to over 5,300 ten years later. By 1970, Largo's population reached more than 22,000, and a new “City of Progress” was born.
Today, Largo is a community of more than 74,000 residents and continues to grow through annexation. Over the last 10 years, the City has developed such landmark projects as Largo Central Park, the Largo Cultural Center, and the new Largo Public Library. Downtown redevelopment is currently underway, as evidenced by the changes to West Bay Drive and the upcoming Clearwater-Largo Road Streetscaping project.