HOMESTEADERS & NAMESAKES
Clear Lake & Lake Conway were the first two lakes named in the map area shown below. As homesteaders arrived and settled on other lakes in the region, each selected a name for their lake. Reasons for their name selection, as one might expect, varied.
The first two interior lakes of present day Orange County were named on the 1843 survey by Benjamin F. Whitner. The survey was approved in 1844 by Florida's Surveyor General, Valentine Y. Conway. Orlando Lakes: Homesteaders & Namesakes profiles 300 plus central Florida lakes of the original 19th century Orange County, from Lake Eustis and George in the north, to Lake Tohopekaliga and Conlin in the south.
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An Illustrated Encyclopedia of 303 HISTORIC central Florida lakes