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Kissimmee in Osceola County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Ranch House

— Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —

 
 
Ranch House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, August 19, 2022
1. Ranch House Marker
Inscription.  Like so many Cracker families, Henry Oscar Partin’s parents moved to Florida from Georgia in the 1870s. Henry, an ambitious teenager, followed in his father's footsteps as a farmer and rancher. He was only 15 when he used his wages as a cowhand to buy his first ranch land. By the 1950s, his cattle empire - the Heart Bar Ranch - spanned 60,000 acres and was the largest privately owned operation east of the Mississippi River.

Brahman Bulls
Henry was a leader in establishing the Brahman cattle industry in Florida. In the mid-1930s, Henry began looking for a way to improve his cattle ranch. He purchased 131 purebred Brahmans from a Texas breeder, including the bull Imparistre. Eventually, Imparistre sired Emperor, who became the Partin’s most-prized steer. Henry once described Emperor as “the man that put me in the Brahman business.”

20th Century Cattlemen
In 1909, Henry married 17-year-old Bertha Lee, who was related to the pioneer families of Bass, Yates, and Overstreet. They began building their family while Henry expanded his herds and holdings. Eventually, it took 175
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miles of barbed wire to fence his land. The ranch was a family operation, with four of Henry's sons working as his cattle hands and right-hand men. In 1956, the Saturday Evening Post published a story about the Partin family, declaring them to be "the hardest working millionaires in America” and noting that the Partin patriarch built his empire without hiring a single cowboy.

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Emperor Jr. circa 1948
By the 1950s, Brahman bulls replaced the cracker or scrub cow as a the dominant breed of cattle in Florida. Ranchers favored this breed because of its size and resilience. Emperor Jr. was named Grand Champion at the Florida State Fair in 1948. Image Courtesy Osceola County Historical Society

Partin Cattlemen
The entire family including (left to right) Henry O., Oscar Lee "Slim", Edward Lewis "Geech", Henry Hyatt “Doc,” and Richard Earl worked on the Heart Bar Ranch. Today, Partin descendants still operate cattle ranches on some of Henry’s lands. Image Courtesy Osceola County Historical Society

 
Erected by City of Kissimmee and Osceola County.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1909.
 
Location. 28° 19.107′ N, 81° 
Ranch House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, August 19, 2022
2. Ranch House Marker
27.382′ W. Marker is in Kissimmee, Florida, in Osceola County. Marker can be reached from Babb Road, 0.6 miles north of Old Vineland Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker located within the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2491 Babb Road, Kissimmee FL 34746, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Discover Frontier Communities (a few steps from this marker); Water Works (within shouting distance of this marker); A General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Congregations (within shouting distance of this marker); Community-Centered Schools (within shouting distance of this marker); A British Officer Finds Paradise in Florida (within shouting distance of this marker); The Yates Fords (within shouting distance of this marker); The Village Depot (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kissimmee.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 21, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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