"They call it an old city--it was incorporated in 1875 with 85 residents. By 1900 the numbers had grown to 2,500, and before World War II 37,000 people were living in this agricultural center located in mid-Florida. But it really took off after the war."
Smolski, Chester, "Orlando Thrives Next to Disney World" (1978). Smolski Texts. 37.