The tropical city streets of Bartow, FL are lined with tall, mature palm trees and homes surrounded by lush greenery. Over the years, Bartow has remained true to its Southern roots and laid-back, small-town heritage. People in search of Bartow apartments for rent will be happy to find a plethora of listings for homes, apartments, condos, and villas located within this quaint, tight-knit community.
Bartow was founded by American Revolutionary War officer and North Carolina merchant Reading Blount and his family in 1851. The Blounts originally referred to the to the town as Fort Blount; however, after the conclusion of the Civil War, the Polk County commissioners chose to name the town after General Francis S. Bartow, the first Confederate to die in the war. The Confederate markers throughout the city's Historic Oak Hill Cemetery highlight some of Bartow's events of the past, along with many of the old homes built during the 19th and 20th centuries. In current times, Bartow is the county seat of one of the state's largest counties in size, where thousands of private businesses and local government officials work each day. The majority of the town's economy is brought in through phosphate, citrus, and cattle production.
Residents living in Bartow can be sure of one thing - no matter what type of event is hosted, there is going to be some form of historical ties in this traditional community. Each year, the community hosts a number of events that aim to draw a diverse crowd. Some of the events featured are the Cricket Club Halloween Parade and Carnival, the Bloomin' Arts Festival, the L.B. Brown Festival, and Bartow's annual Fourth of July celebration. On the third Friday of each month, the town's main street is shut down so residents can gather for a night of food, music, and good times. In addition to these local events, residents are just a 40 minute drive east of Tampa Bay and 50 miles southwest of Orlando.
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