Osceola County Cattle Drive and RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Recap

Cattle has always been an important part of the history of Kissimmee. The streets of downtown Kissimmee were once grass where cattle roamed freely and grazed; effectively providing a mowing service. There is even a well-known story about a cow finding its way into the Kissimmee courthouse! It is only fitting that today we celebrate this history with a cattle drive that begins on the lawn of the courthouse and continues into downtown Kissimmee. This exciting event is the kickoff for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo at Osceola County’s Silver Spurs Rodeo.

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The Rise and Fall of the Runnymede Lodge

A large hotel was erected about 1885 west of Narcoossee on the shores of East Lake Tohopekaliga and near Lake Runnymede. Although it is not clear who had it built, a 1912 newspaper article claims it was built by the Disston Sugar Company. John L. Hill owned the hotel and property, then sold it to the Runnymede Planting Company in 1892.

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Artifact Spotlight: European Glass Trade Beads

In the last weeks of Florida Archaeology Month, let’s talk beads. Beads are an important part of Native American cultures. The size, shape, color, and material of beads denotes status in many native cultures. Early beads found in Florida and the greater Eastern coastal region were made from clay, bone and shell.

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Stepping in Time to the Music

Toe tapping and finger snapping aren’t usually something you’d do at an exhibit opening, unless that opening is about music, or in our case, the bands of Osceola County. At the opening reception we welcomed former band director, Larry O’Grady, who spoke about his days at Denn John and Osceola High School. The reception guests were also treated to a performance by a few of the members of OHS drum line

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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”

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