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Davenport is a city in Polk county, Florida. The population of the city according to the 2010 census was 2,888. While the city itself is very small, the area north of the city close to Interstate 4 and US 27 is experiencing explosive growth. The city has a total area of 1.6 square miles and the climate of the place is classified as coming in the humid sub-tropical zone
The area around Davenport in northeast Polk County used to be centered on the remote Circus World amusement park. It was redeveloped in 1987 into Boardwalk and Baseball and included a minor league baseball park that would attract spring training and minor league baseball teams for the Kansas City Royals, earning the area the moniker "Baseball City". The amusement park failed in 1990, and the Royals left for Arizona and the Cactus League in 2003. Davenport's current economic outlook is very poor. The Baseball City name is now extinct, and the area around the stadium (which was demolished in 2005) has been redeveloped into Posner Park, a large outdoor shopping mall.
History of Davenport
The settlement in the area now known as Davenport was established in 1838 when the US military set up Fort Davenport during the second Seminole War, about 12 miles north of the present site of Davenport. The fort was named for Colonel William Davenport, who served as the local US commander in the war. The modern city of Davenport had its start in the 1880s when South Florida Railroad was extended to that point.
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