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Shingle
Creek                                   By John Jacobs and Alex Friedrich

PAST AND PRESENT

Shingle Creek Regional Park             short), has a rich history and cultural  trade hub that was West Lake Toho,
         at Steffee Landing recently    heritage reaching back to the 1800s.     Shingle Creek was among the earliest
         opened a newly constructed     Shortly after the United States Civil    settlements in the greater Kissimmee
         kayak, canoe and paddle board  War, Shingle Creek became home to        area. At the turn of the 20th century,
 rental facility called The Paddling    those seeking a new life in a warmer     the creek’s abundant Bald Cypress
 Center at Shingle Creek. The creek     climate. With plenty of available        trees provided timber for settlers’
 and surrounding area, to include West  resources such as food, water, and       houses, as well as shingles for their
 Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho for       timber, as well as easy access to the    roofs, thus inspiring the creek’s

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