Scarce early map of Orlando, published by the Chamber of Commerce in 1936.
The present map shows the extent of Orlando's growth during the boom times of the late 1920s, prior to the Great Depression.
Orlando in the 1920s & 1930s
Orlando became a popular resort during the years between the Spanish–American War and World War I. In the 1920s, Orlando experienced extensive housing development during the Florida Land Boom, causing land prices to soar. During this period, several neighborhoods in downtown were constructed. The boom ended when several hurricanes hit Florida in the late 1920s, along with the Great Depression.
The town would not see significant growth again until the World War II years, when the Orlando Army Air Base and Pinecastle Army Airfield began to grow during the war years.