HISTORY OF FLORENCE
Named after the daughter of the City's founder, Florence is known as the first place oil was discovered West of the Mississippi River and it has a rich history with numerous immigrant groups. Florence was home to three railroads and a small depot, providing a commercial hub for coal and oil mining activities located in the area.
The remnants of this 1800's commercial boom are preserved in the charmingly historic downtown now full of antique and retail stores, as well as an emerging culinary district. Florence has a strong sense of community and numerous groups like the Senior Community Center, Rotary, Elks, Chamber of Commerce and Eagles run events throughout the year. Two of the towns most popular events are the huge Fourth of July Festival- complete with a wet-dry parade- and the Pioneer Day celebration in Mid-September.
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