Lorida, Florida

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Lorida
Unincorporated community
Country Flag of the United States.svg United States
State Flag of Florida.svg Florida
County Highlands
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33857
Area code(s) 863

Lorida is an unincorporated community in eastern Highlands County, Florida, United States. It lies along U.S. Route 98 between the cities of Sebring and Okeechobee.

In addition to some light industry located along U.S. 98 corridor, Lorida and the surrounding area contains numerous fish camps and lodges on the north and east shore of Lake Istokpoga.

History[edit]

Lorida was first named Istokpoga, a Seminole name, but it was afterwards changed because the U.S. postal authorities refused to accept that name, there being another post office in the state with a similar name. It was then named after an abbreviated form of Florida.[1]

A post office was established under the name Istokpoga in 1924, and the name was changed to Lorida in 1937.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morgan, Philip (May 12, 1996). "Take a ride on weird side of Florida". Ocala Star-Banner. pp. 4B. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Highlands County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 

Coordinates: 27°26′36″N 81°15′13″W / 27.44333°N 81.25361°W / 27.44333; -81.25361