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History

We’re reminiscing on some literal blasts from the past — from live shows to roller coasters and other attractions.
Founded in 1948, Silver Moon Drive-In has provided first-run films to Polk County residents for 75+ years — here’s a look at its storyboard.
Warning: This story has a bit of a sad ending.
Canopy roads, bungalows, brick streets, and royal swans — you’ll find all this and more throughout Lakeland’s seven historic districts.
Learn the back story of Strollo’s, a restaurant that first introduced Italian cuisine to Lakeland in the 1940s.
If you’ve ever wondered how some of Lakeland’s most notable bodies of water got their names — this is for you.
This historic building has been a staple of Swan City’s skyline for nearly a century.
This United Way partner agency has been shaping Lakeland’s youth through engaging programming + community service for more than a century.
From apparel to food, Swan City has multiple family-owned businesses that have been around for half a century — or more.
Get to know the lore behind Bok Tower, one of Central Florida’s most iconic structures.
Learn about the historic places and faces that influenced the streets you drive every day here in Lakeland, FL.