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Okeechobee County
Okeechobee County

Okeechobee County

 

Located  just north of Lake Okeechobee.

Lake Okeechobee photo: clenz
Lake Okeechobee
photo: clenz

It is serviced by the Okeechobee County Airport (IATA:OBE, ICAO:KOBE)

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles. 4.1 square miles  of it is land and 0.04 square miles of it (0.96%) is water.

HISTORY

This County is Florida’s 54th county established  from segments of Osceola County and Brevard County. It gained its name from the Hitchiti Indian words for “Big Water”. (oki meaning water and chobi meaning big) Okeechobee, originally called Tantie, after Tantie Huckabee, a Carolina school teacher who moved to this area and promoted learning, is the county seat.

The Lake

Lake Okeechobee was formed about 6,000 years ago. The  ocean waters receded and water was left standing in a shallow depression in what today is known as the state of Florida. The expansive lake that resulted from this process was named Okeechobee. This means “big water” in the language of the Seminole Tribe. The lake served as a direct source of water to the Everglades by way of numerous small tributaries passing out of the lake’s southern end.

Lake Okeechobee photo: clenz
Lake Okeechobee
photo: clenz

In the 1890s, Hamilton Disston, a Philadelphia businessman and real estate developer, constructed a canal connecting Lake Okeechobee.  Lake Hicpochee, the headwaters of the Caloosahatchee River, providing the lake’s first outlet to tidewater via the Caloosahatchee River. In the early 1900s, the Everglades Drainage District constructed several other canals that impacted Lake Okeechobee.

Lake Okeechobee photo: clenz
Lake Okeechobee
photo: clenz

Helpful Links

Early Voting Information

Supervisor of Elections Office
Historic Courthouse

304 NW 2nd St

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Okeechobee Votes

Hurricane and Disaster Info

Okeechobee County Government
District Schools
Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce

Things to do in Okeechobee

Haunted Okeechobee

Supervisor of Elections

Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners

Humane Society of Okeechobee

Lost and Found Pets of Okeechobee

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