Late in the 19th century, Arcadia was the county seat of what would eventually become several counties. Legislation in 1921 called for Arcadia to remain the county seat of DeSoto County, and resulted in the creation of the present-day counties of Charlotte, Hardee, Glades, and Highlands. On Thanksgiving Day in 1905, the town was engulfed by a fire that started inside a stable. With no working water system or fire department, the town was mostly destroyed. Since then, the resilience of the original residents has been passed down through the generations, and Arcadia is now a happy and thriving city.