100 Years Ago in Osceola County

100 Years Ago in Osceola County – Front page headlines for the “Kissimmee Valley Gazette”, Friday, March 9, 1917 issue reported: “Kissimmee’s Historic Landmark Destroyed By Fire Last Sunday, Old Brandow Opera House, Owned by W.B. Makinson, Is a Total Loss”

Boat – A – Cade

Sixty-six years ago, William B. “Dick” Makinson formed the first Boat-A-Cade. Seventy-five boats participated in this first venture from Kissimmee to Okeechobee; the number doubled the following year. By 1954, four hundred boats made the 220 mile cruise.

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