Desert Inn Memories

Desert Inn Memories

The following story is submitted; the author asked to remain anonymous. Yeehaw Junction The Desert Inn was an oasis from the hot asphalt Highway 60 that miraged its way through long expanses of Florida pastures and marshes. It was an icon of our childhood, indelibly, nostalgically imprinted upon so many of us. Far from any city, the 2-story stucco building loomed up out of nowhere, […]

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A view of Pioneer Village from the air

A view of Pioneer Village from the air

Thank you Chris Todd for sharing this video of Pioneer Village. Please note: Pioneer Village is on the flight path for the Kissimmee Airport. Flying drones at the village and surrounding Shingle Creek Regional Park is prohibited without the proper permits. Mr. Todd had acquired authorization from the FAA to fly his drone on site and scheduled a time with the Osceola History staff to […]

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All Aboard! First Train Arrives in Narcoossee July 19, 1889

All Aboard! First Train Arrives in Narcoossee July 19, 1889

A scrapbook kept by Colonel William E. Cadman holds newspaper clippings about the completion of the Sugar Belt Railway to Narcoossee and the celebration held on July 19, 1889 – the day the first train arrived. The scrapbook is housed in the Orange County Regional History Center archives in Orlando. The noon train originated in Sanford and was filled with people from there and other […]

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Early transportation: Canoes, steamboats and trains

Early transportation: Canoes, steamboats and trains

As we prepare for Train Day at Pioneer Village on July 19, we thought we’d take a look back at how transportation in the area evolved over the years.  Long before the bustling days of steamboats, the Seminoles traversed the swamps and rivers of Florida in dugout canoes. Fashioned from an old cypress log, the canoe was hollowed out by burning and using hand axes […]

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