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Glades County
Glades County, is north of the Everglades. It was one of several counties carved from DeSoto in the partition of 1921.
It was almost named "Muck County."

Following a referendum the county seat of the new county was located at Moore Haven. The town had been founded in 1916 by James A. Moore. Among its claims to fame is Marian Newhall Horwitz O'Brien, said to be the first female mayor in the United States. Original meetings of the county government were in space provided by the county school board. Much of Moore Haven and the surrounding area was destroyed in a catastrophic 1926 hurricane. The present courthouse, designed by E. C. Hosford, dates from 1928.

Moore Haven is located on the southwest shoreline of Lake Okeechobee.

Moore Haven was often called "Little Chicago", reflecting its status as a significant boom town. It was ideally located at the apex of Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee Canal.

The Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 dramatically altered the landscape of the area. The storm surge from the lake caused widespread death and destruction, sometimes literally relocating houses to the opposite side of the river. The town might have recovered, but it was hit not long after by the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane. This decimated areas that had escaped damage in 1926.
In 2010, this was the 4th least populous county in Florida, with a population of 12,884.

Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation is located
in northeast Glades County near the northwest shore of Lake Okeechobee.  The reservation has a land area of approximately  36,000 acres and a 2000 census resident population of 566 persons. Some residents speak the Muscogee language, rather than the Mikasuki language spoken by other Seminoles. In addition to a casino, the reservation is also used for part of the tribe's cattle operations, the 12th-largest in the country.

City:  Moore Haven
Census-designated place:  Buckhead Ridge
Other unincorporated communities: Lakeport ~ Muse ~ Palmdale

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Surrounding Counties
 Highlands County, Florida - north
Okeechobee County, Florida - northeast
Martin County, Florida - east
Palm Beach County, Florida - southeast
Hendry County, Florida - south
Lee County, Florida - southwest
Charlotte County, Florida - west
DeSoto County, Florida - northwest

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