Citrus packing plants in Osceola County

Citrus packing plants in Osceola County

In the early 1900s, Osceola County was well known for its fruits and vegetables, grown and shipped from here. Some of those early packers and shippers were Waters and Carson Grocery Co., W.B. Makinson Co., and J. S. Stratton of the Basswell Grocery Co. in Peghorn. As larger packing houses were needed, they were constructed near the railroad lines in Kissimmee. By July 1914, the […]

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National Register of Historic Places

National Register of Historic Places

Osceola County has nine sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Osceola County Courthouse The Osceola County Courthouse was completed on May 6, 1890, for approximately $25,000, and is possibly the oldest courthouse in Florida to be used continuously for county governmental purposes. This Romanesque Revival brick structure is indicative of many courthouses built in the United States during the late 19thcentury. It […]

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National Dog Day

National Dog Day

National Dog Day was created on August 26, 2004, by animal advocate Coleen Paige to bring attention to the many dogs needing adoption. Most breeds become family pets but in Florida, the cow dog is part of a working team – the cowman, his horse and his cow dog. Hernando DeSoto brought the first dogs to Florida in 1539, according to “Florida Cowman” author Joe […]

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Kissimmee Airport: Celebrating 80 years of Aviation History

Kissimmee Airport: Celebrating 80 years of Aviation History

Kissimmee Gateway Airport is celebrating 80 years of aviation history in 2020.  The first airplane landed in Kissimmee in 1912 and by October 1918, a landing field was in place on the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga near Kissimmee. Pilots would fly in from various areas to make stops before proceeding to other cities.  1930s Plans for a Kissimmee airport began as early as 1933. A […]

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