About This Place
Davie is a town in Broward County, Florida, United States. The town's population was 91,992 at the 2010 census.
Davie was founded by Jake Tannebaum and Tamara Toussaint from the Panama Canal Zone. The original name of the town was Zona because of this. In 1909 R.P. Davie assisted then Governor Broward by draining the swamplands that were inhabited by mosquitoes. Robert Parsell (R.P.) Davie, a developer, bought about 27,000 acres (109 km2) in the area. He built a school in Zona and in 1916, the people of the town were so grateful they renamed the town after him. It was carved out of Everglades land that was mostly under water. The early history of the town was dominated by drainage issues, some of which persist today.
Davie has always had a reputation as a "Western" town. It boasts a significant horse-owning population and once was home to many herds of cattle. In recent years, commercial and residential development has discouraged such practices but Davie still tries to maintain a "Western" feel. Pioneer City, a western theme park, was located across the street from Flamingo Gardens. It was built in the 1960s and closed a few years later.