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(the name reflects the sand hills of the
Mid-Florida Ridge, which dominates the topography) was one
of several carved from the huge expanses of DeSoto County
in 1921. The county seat is Sebring, whose city plan is
said to have been modeled after the ancient Syrian city of
Heliopolis. George Sebring, the developer, made his fortune
in pottery. More famous than Sebring's pots are the
annual auto races which, for a weekend, swell Highlands
County's population to several times its normal size.
The courthouse, designed in the Classical Revival style by
Fred Bishop, dates from 1927.
by Norita Moss
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