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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Osceola County, Florida

 
Clickable Map of Osceola County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Osceola County, FL (107) Brevard County, FL (338) Highlands County, FL (38) Indian River County, FL (63) Lake County, FL (61) Okeechobee County, FL (14) Orange County, FL (215) Polk County, FL (130)  OsceolaCounty(107) Osceola County (107)  BrevardCounty(338) Brevard County (338)  HighlandsCounty(38) Highlands County (38)  IndianRiverCounty(63) Indian River County (63)  LakeCounty(61) Lake County (61)  OkeechobeeCounty(14) Okeechobee County (14)  OrangeCounty(215) Orange County (215)  PolkCounty(130) Polk County (130)
Kissimmee is the county seat for Osceola County
Adjacent to Osceola County, Florida
      Brevard County (338)  
      Highlands County (38)  
      Indian River County (63)  
      Lake County (61)  
      Okeechobee County (14)  
      Orange County (215)  
      Polk County (130)  
 
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1 Florida, Osceola County, Deer Park — Fort Taylor
Fort Taylor was named after U.S. Army General Zachary Taylor, who later became the 12th President of the United States. Fort Taylor was built in 1837 during the second Seminole War (1835-1842). It was one of a series of four forts built along the . . . Map (db m221630) HM
2 Florida, Osceola County, Deer Park — Deer Park
In 1895 George Washington Hopkins from Michigan began buying land in eastern Osceola and Brevard County. He founded the Union Cypress Company, operating a saw and planing mill in Hopkins, a small town south of Melbourne. Deer Park was founded to . . . Map (db m221629) HM
3 Florida, Osceola County, Intercession City — Fort Davenport
Fort Davenport was built for service during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). This fort was one of a series of forts constructed for use during the war, it was used to protect supplies and garrison troops. Fort Davenport (1839) was located . . . Map (db m216049) HM
4 Florida, Osceola County, Intercession City — Intercession City
Originally created in 1924 as one of many typical "Boom Time" communities in Florida, it was called "Interocean City" because it was halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. It never was successful. In 1934 Mr. J.W. Wile gave . . . Map (db m216050) HM
5 Florida, Osceola County, Kenansville — Illahaw
Illahaw was a small turpentine operation located near here on the Florida East Coast RR owned by Henry Flagler. It had a post office in 1923 which closed in 1935. Once the pine trees were all cut down, the mill closed. RR services ended in 1947. . . . Map (db m128662) HM
6 Florida, Osceola County, Kenansville — F-673 — Kenansville School
This building was constructed in 1917 on five acres of land with $6,000 donated from the estate of Mrs. Mary Lily Kenan Flagler Bingham, (1867-1917), wife of Henry Flagler, the owner and promoter of the Florida East Coast Railroad. Kenansville . . . Map (db m72612) HM
7 Florida, Osceola County, Kenansville — Nittaw Station
Once part of Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway, Nittaw was a stop on the railroad that ran from Wewahootie to Okeechobee. Nittaw became a sawmill town, maintaining a small population and post office. The closing of the Okeechobee Rail Line . . . Map (db m128663) HM
8 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — A British Officer Finds Paradise in Florida — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
In 1888, Lt. Col. William Edwin Cadman of Yorkshire, England, came to Narcoossee to investigate a potential investment property, including a home and citrus grove. Several members of the family joined him, including his wife, Jane. Upon their . . . Map (db m220307) HM
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9 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — A General Store — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
Early pioneers were self-reliant and made or grew much of what they needed to survive. Yet during this same period, industries were beginning mass-produce everyday items. A growing population and the availability of commercial goods led to the . . . Map (db m204537) HM
10 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — A Working Yard — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
Settler families like the Laniers were self-sufficient and frugal. In the yards of their homes, they grew vegetables, washed clothes, smoked meats, and performed other tasks. Secondary structures such as smokehouses, washhouses, and outhouses were . . . Map (db m220314) HM
11 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — A.G. (Gus) and Dessie Samantha Mann — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Mann 1893-1977 — 1897-1978 A.G. (Gus) — Dessie Samantha Gus was born in Homeland, FL., Dessie in Bowling Green, FL., married in 1916, moved to Kissimmee in 1929. Gus was a cattleman, citrus grower, grocer, First . . . Map (db m204785) HM
12 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Alexander Edwin and Nancy Temperance Partin Whaley — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Whaley 1877-1918 — 1894-1979 Alexander Edwin — Nancy Temperance Partin Osceola County natives, they were married Oct. 21, 1903 and were pioneers in the Brahman cattle and citrus industries. After Ed’s untimely death at age 41, . . . Map (db m204492) HM
13 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Alfred Washington and Bertha Lee Hall Winn — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Winn 1863-1918 — 1868-1948 Alfred Washington — Bertha Lee Hall They moved to Kissimmee from Polk County in 1904. Alfred was a lumberman. He opened the first ice plant in Kissimmee. Bertha was a charter member of the Woman’s . . . Map (db m204490) HM
14 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Bunk House — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
This unique one-room house must have been an adventure for the teenage Cadman boys. At the time, William was 18, Reginald, 14, and Godfrey, 12. The Cadman home originally had three bedrooms. Margery and her nurse each had their own rooms, so the . . . Map (db m220313) HM
15 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Cadman Kitchen — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
Similar to many 19th century rural homes in Florida, the Cadmans kitchen was separate from the main house for practical reasons. Cooking and fires created smoke and heat that would be unwelcome in the living areas of the house. The kitchen was . . . Map (db m220312) HM
16 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Cattleman’s Barn — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
For the Florida pioneers, barns were used to protect valuable riding gear, farm equipment, animal food, and at times, the animals themselves. Horses, oxen, and meat cattle were generally kept outdoors. Small or young animals may have been kept . . . Map (db m220315) HM
17 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Charles E. and Ella M. Prather Franklin — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Franklin 1834-1912 — 1864-1935 Charles E. — Ella M. Prather The Franklins came to Kissimmee from Saluda County, South Carolina, in 1902. Charles was a horse trader and citrus grower. He was active in real estate in the . . . Map (db m204513) HM
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18 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Charlie Fox and Sarah Alice Prevatt — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Prevatt 1855-1914 — 1867-1923 Charlie Fox — Sarah Alice Charlie was born in Starke, FL., Sarah in Americus, GA., married in 1885. Charlie served as Osceola County Sheriff 1897-1905, 1909-1913. Known as the . . . Map (db m204826) HM
19 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Community-Centered Schools — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
When Osceola County was formed in 1887, there were small villages scattered outside of Kissimmee. New settlers in the rural areas built schools for their children, and these one-room buildings accommodated multiple school grades. Students attended . . . Map (db m220308) HM
20 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Congregations — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
As new communities formed, the residents often traveled long distances in order to congregate for worship at the town church. Circuit-riding preachers served in these earliest churches. Services were held when the preacher could make it to town, and . . . Map (db m205375) HM
21 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Cow Camps — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
In the mid to late 1880s, cow camps were a part of the Cracker way of life. Cowmen drove their cattle to market between March and August, and the camps were established along the route - about a day's ride between each. The cowmen hunkered down for . . . Map (db m220317) HM
22 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — D. L. (Roy) and Bess Autrey — 1886-1970 D.L.(Roy) — Bess 1889-1975
Georgians, they moved to Kissimmee in 1924. Owner of Autrey Motor Co., Ford dealer. Active in business community, first president of what is now Chamber of Commerce. Member of the Presbyterian Church, Roy was an elder and Bess was organist - . . . Map (db m204322) HM
23 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Discover Frontier Communities — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
Discover Frontier Communities The Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek is a composite reconstruction of Osceola County's early history designed to reflect the local heritage and common stories. The buildings and historic environments are . . . Map (db m204400) HM
24 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Disston Rice Mill
In addition to sugar cane production, Hamilton Disston also planted rice in 1892. Near this location is the brick foundation of the Hamilton Disston Rice Mill. When that failed, brothers named Kelly were more successful. Operating on fields between . . . Map (db m215380) HM
25 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Dixon (Dick) Forrest Lawson — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Lawson Dixon (Dick) Forrest 1901 - 1972 Descendant of early settlers in the Boggy Creek-Hilliard Island area, Dick was born in Osceola County. He was a rancher, citrus grower and packer and businessman. He opened Kissimmee’s . . . Map (db m204774) HM
26 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Dr. Haynes and Agnes Brinson — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Brinson 1881-1936 — 1893-1965 Dr. Haynes, M.D. — Agnes Haynes and Agnes were born in Lowndes County, GA, educated Emory University, Dr. Brinson moved to Kissimmee in 1923 from Georgia. Practiced as a physician and surgeon until . . . Map (db m219348) HM
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27 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — E.L.D. and Spicey Ann Overstreet — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Overstreet 1852-1942 — 1852-1910 E.L.D. — Spicey Ann E.L.D. was born in Swainsboro, GA., Spicey in Monticello, FL., E.L.D. Moved to Osceola County in 1859. Married in 1871, lived at Lake Cecil. A citrus grower and cattleman, . . . Map (db m204798) HM
28 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Ellis Fairbanks and Francis Marion Davis — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Davis 1896-1980 — 1900-1981 Ellis Fairbanks —Francis Marion Ellis, a lawyer and Marion a newspaper women, moved to Kissimmee from Marianna in 1922. Ellis served as Osceola Bar Assoc. Pres., City Comm., Mayor, City Attorney, . . . Map (db m204505) HM
29 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — F.S. (Beany) and Avice Cottrell Ledbetter — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Ledbetter 1904-2000 — 1908-1975 F.S. (Beany) — Avice Cottrell Born in Cordell, GA., Beany moved from Gulfport, Miss. to Kissimmee in 1912. He married Avice, from St. Cloud, FL., in 1926. Beany worked for the Post . . . Map (db m204775) HM
30 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Fletcher Park
Fletcher Park Donated to the State of Florida June 15 1935 By Tufts College Boston Massachusetts In Memory of Austin.B.Fletcher To Perpetuate For Future Generations These Large Cypress Trees . . . Map (db m215520) HM
31 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — George C. and Spicey Vianna Bronson — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Bronson 1879-1960 — 1875-1969 George C. — Spicey Vianna George and Spicey were born at Shingle Creek. From age 14, he worked packing oranges, cutting railroad crossties. When he was 18, ready to marry, he had a home, 50 head of . . . Map (db m204496) HM
32 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — George Lester and Hilda Claudia Rocker Ivey — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Ivey 1897-1966 — 1905-1975 George Lester — Hilda Claudia Rocker Born in the Sinngle Creek area, Lester grew up in Kissimmee. Hilda, a teacher, moved from Georgia in 1920, married Lester in 1922. They had citrus . . . Map (db m204739) HM
33 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — George Thomas and Eva Leora Pfann Singeltary — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Singeltary 1875-1953 — 1880-1968 George Thomas — Eva Leora Pfann The family moved to Osceola County in 1901. They had land and timber holdings, were active in the Episcopal Church and in community and civic affairs. Children: Henry . . . Map (db m219347) HM
34 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Haley Everett and Ruby Rayburn Duke — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Duke 1912-1978 — 1921-2015 Haley Everett — Ruby Rayburn Haley, a 12th child, was born 12/12/12 in Kissimmee. Married Ruby Rayburn of Sanford in 1939. A merchant, he was first president of Downtown Merchants Association, a . . . Map (db m204510) HM
35 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Hamilton Disston Revolutionizes Kissimmee — Kissimmee Lakefront Park — Reported unreadable
After the Civil War, Hamilton Disston purchased four million acres of marshland in Florida, making him the largest single landowner in the United States. Included in his purchase was the small landing post of Allendale, located on Lake . . . Map (db m216269) HM
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36 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Harry Ralph and Loretta Ester Winn Dale — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Dale 1887-1964 — 1894-1965 Harry Ralph — Loretta Ester Winn Harry moved to Kissimmee in 1885, “Essie” in 1904. Married in 1911, they were members of the First Christian Church. He was a brickmason, helping to build the First . . . Map (db m204501) HM
37 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Henry Mitchell and Ida Leora McCarg Pfann — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Pfann 1855-1950 — 1859-1921 Henry Mitchell — Ida Leora MCCarg The family moved to Kissimmee in 1901. They had land and timber holdings, were active in the Methodist church and in community and civic affairs. . . . Map (db m204822) HM
38 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Henry Oscar and Bertha Bass Partin — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Partin 1890-1971 — 1891-1987 Henry Oscar — Bertha Bass The Partins moved to Osceola County from Tattnall County, in the 1870’s. Henry was born in Partin Settlement. Married Bertha in 1909 and started the Heart Bar . . . Map (db m204819) HM
39 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Henry Tolle and Ruby Fletcher Simmons — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Simmons 1903-1984 — 1904-1987 Henry Tolle — Ruby Fletcher Henry, a fourth generation Floridian, was a life long resident of Osceola Co. Ruby, a Georgia native, married Henry in 1924. He was in the furniture business for 60 . . . Map (db m205000) HM
40 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Hide Traders — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
The Seminoles were hunters and harvested natural resources for their own use, as well as for trade. They hunted birds, alligators, deer, and other wild animals. In 1883, Clay MacCauley, an anthropologist, noted that the Seminoles were trading for . . . Map (db m205510) HM
41 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — F-1031 — Historic St. John's Episcopal Church
This Carpenter Gothic style church was completed in 1889. Originally located in downtown Kissimmee on the northwest corner of Sproule Avenue and Mitchell Street, the church was dedicated by Bishop Edwin Gardner Weed in 1890. Electricity had not yet . . . Map (db m136022) HM
42 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Home Sweet Home — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
Pioneers grew and produced sugarcane to use as sweetener for cooking and baking. The sugarcane grew in small "cane patches" alongside other crops. This perennial plant was harvested once a year in the fall and often processed in community . . . Map (db m205491) HM
43 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Irlo and Flora Bass Bronson — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Bronson 1900-1975 — 1907-1971 Irlo — Flora Bass Irlo, 4th generation cattleman, was born in Osceola County. Flora was born in Kissimmee. Married in 1924, Irlo served in the Florida Legislature, 1942-67. Generously gave time, . . . Map (db m204497) HM
44 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — James C. Tyson: A Florida Cracker — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
James Calvin Tyson's personal story resembles that of many Florida Cracker families. His parents moved to Florida from Georgia just weeks before the Civil War in 1861. James was born in Florida, and by 1885, he had established himself as a farmer . . . Map (db m220310) HM
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45 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Joe B. and Irene Rae Franklin McCawley — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
McCawley 1893-1979 — 1902-1966 Joe B. — Irene Rae Franklin Joe was born in Kentucky, Irene in Kissimmee. Joe moved to Kissimmee in the 1920’s. Married in 1926, they settled in Kissimmee Park in 1929. He was a . . . Map (db m204788) HM
46 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — John J. and Sarah J. Johnston — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Johnston 1843-1915 — 1851-1931 John J. — Sarah J. John’s family emigrated from Ireland to Canada in the 1850’s. Married Sarah in 1875. Moved to Nebraska, where he became a farmer. In 1895, he brought a carload of horses to . . . Map (db m204741) HM
47 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — John Jones and Charlotte Johnston — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Johnston 1884-1947 — 1890-1951 John Jones — Charlotte John was born in Nebraska, Charlotte in Minnesota. John moved to Kissimmee in 1895, married in 1911. He was the first City Clerk of St. Cloud in 1910, Postmaster 1915-19, . . . Map (db m204924) HM
48 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Joseph E. and Immaroe S. Johnston — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Johnston 1892-1964 — 1894-1998 Joseph E. — Immaroe S. Joe, born in Nebraska, moved to Kissimmee in 1895. Immaroe was born in Tampa in Tampa, FL., married in Okeechobee in 1922, where she had an abstract office. Joe served . . . Map (db m204929) HM
49 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Lake Tohopekaliga — Kissimmee Lakefront Park
The City of Kissimmee rests on the northern shore of the historic Lake Tohopekaliga. This vast lake, almost 19,000 acres, is connected to the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. Lake Toho, as the locals call it, has played an important role to Kissimmee both . . . Map (db m206105) HM
50 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Lanier Legacy — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
Like so many others settlers of the time, John Lanier moved to Florida from Georgia in search of new opportunities. He and his family moved through Florida as John established himself as a cattle rancher, eventually settling in "the Point," an area . . . Map (db m220316) HM
51 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — M. Lee and Emma Beatrice Rogers — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Rogers 1883-1934 — 1890-1962 M. Lee — Emma Beatrice Lee was born in Pavo, GA., Emma in Apopa, FL., married in Sanford, FL. in 1908. A brick mason, restaurateur, farmer, grocer, and dairyman. Emma and sons ran the grocery on . . . Map (db m204871) HM
52 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — M.M. (Mack) and Jeanette (Abbie) Overstreet — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Overstreet 1895-1976 — 1902-1989 M.M. (Mack) — Jeanette (Abbie) Osceola County natives, married May 9, 1920. Mack started a turpentine business, spent his life as a cattleman, producing fine beef stock, served 20 . . . Map (db m204799) HM
53 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Markinsom-Carson American Legion Monument
In Memory Billie Makinson St. Mihiel October 1918 Nat Carson The Argonne November 1918 Map (db m205923) WM
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54 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — O. Jennings and Kate Knox — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Knox 1882-1936 — 1887-1983 O. Jennings — Kate Alabamans, Kate worked for women’s suffrage prior to moving to Kissimmee in 1924. Jennings, a salesman, used Kissimmee as his base. Kate was active in the community . . . Map (db m204747) HM
55 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — F-304 — Osceola County
Osceola County was created in May, 1887 from portions of Orange and Brevard Counties. One of its sponsors was Senator J. Milton Bryan, who suggested the new county be named for Osceola, the great Seminole warrior. The new county was Florida's . . . Map (db m54022) HM
56 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Pat and Adalene Johnston — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Johnston 1886-1935 — 1885-1976 Pat — Adalene Pat moved from Nebraska in 1895, married in 1912. He was a lawyer, Clerk of Circuit Court, County Attorney, Prosecuting Attorney, City Commissioner and Mayor. He urged city to buy . . . Map (db m204745) HM
57 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Peter and Susie Cox Donegan — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Donegan 1896-1980 — 1900-1981 Peter — Susie Cox The Donegan family came to Kissimmee from Ireland in September of 1885. Peter was a cattleman, farmer and a citrus grower. Their home place was on what is now called Donegan . . . Map (db m204506) HM
58 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Pioneer Pantry — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek — Reported permanently removed
Victoria Tyson was a young woman when she and James built their home, but years later the family grew to include 11 children. Each morning, she prepared the day's meals, which included food familiar to southern Crackers. The family's income was . . . Map (db m220342) HM
59 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — R. Carlyle and Louise Karlet Bronson — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Bronson 1899-1967 — 1909-1983 R. Carlyle — Louise Karlet Carlyle, an Osceola County native, was a graduate of Georgia Military Academy. Louise was born in West Virginia. They were married in 1932. He was active in the cattle . . . Map (db m204499) HM
60 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Radcliffe Cadman Bros. Packing House — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
When Lt. Colonel William Cadman purchased an orange grove in Narcoossee in 1888, he was retired and busy with many interests. The grove was likely an investment in his sons' futures, and they handled much of the work along with paid seasonal . . . Map (db m220311) HM
61 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Ranch House — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
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 . . . Map (db m204514) HM
62 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Raymond V. Lanier: A Progressive Farmer — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
Born in 1873, Raymond Lanier lived in a time of rapid change. This son of a Cracker cowman had diverse jobs that reflected the new opportunities in Osceola County. As a young man, he worked as a cattleman. In the 1880s, Raymond was employed on the . . . Map (db m206023) HM
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63 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Samuel L. And Margaret J. Lupfer — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Lupfer 1863-1936 — 1866-1926 Samuel L. — Margaret J. The Lupfers came from Pennsylvania in 1885. He worked for Disston processing sugarcane until the 1890’s. For a short time he grew vegetables on East Lake and . . . Map (db m204777) HM
64 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Samuel L., Jr. and Corine Gilbert Lupfer — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Lupfer 1895-1986 — 1894-1981 Samuel L., Jr. — Corine Gilbert Sam and Corinne were born in Osceola County. Sam worked in the Post Office prior to founding the Lupfer Insurance Agency in 1918. Corinne worked with . . . Map (db m204783) HM
65 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Sawmills Build Communities — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek — Reported permanently removed
After the conclusion of the Civil War, an influx of pioneers moved to the wilds of central Florida to farm and raise cattle. Kissimmee City began as a trading post, and Shingle was the location of an area post office and shingle mill. The early . . . Map (db m219936) HM
66 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Seminole Diet — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
Traditionally, the Seminoles ate native plants and animals and used the natural resources available to them instead of farming. They harvested edible plants, fished along creeks and shores, and hunted wild game. Their core diet consisted of corn, . . . Map (db m220318) HM
67 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Seminole Settlement: Life on Higher Ground — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
The Seminoles of central Florida built settlements on elevated hammocks or islands along the swampy Kissimmee River Valley. Their shelters, "chickees," were built from local materials, including pine logs and palm thatch. Chickees were well designed . . . Map (db m220319) HM
68 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Sugar Belt Railroad
Along this path ran the Sugar Belt Railroad which connected Kissimmee to St. Cloud to Narcoossee. Built in 1888, it was operated by Henry Plant's South Florida RR. Vegetables and produce from the farms and groves of the Shaker Colony, Narcoossee, . . . Map (db m215404) HM
69 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — The Great Endurance Run
On November 25, 1909, the "Autoists" participating in “The Great Endurance Run” were treated to a gala Thanksgiving Day banquet at the Gravestone Hotel which was located on this site. This hotel was the "Official Checkpoint" which ended the third . . . Map (db m215501) HM
70 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — The Siege of Bataan & Corregidor — Kissimmee Lakefront Park
(Side 1) Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan invaded the Philippines on December 8, 1941, forcing General Douglas MacArthur and his forces to withdraw to the Bataan Peninsula for their last stand against the advancing Japanese . . . Map (db m206175) HM WM
71 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — The Village Depot — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
Prior to the late 1880s, travel was completed primarily by foot, horse, or wagon. After the expansion of railroad lines through Florida, convenient transportation became affordable to more of the population. Travel time was still slow, but railroads . . . Map (db m220309) HM
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72 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — The Yates Fords — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
In the 1880's, and before, when settlements in Osceola County were just beginning, there were few roads as such, mainly wagon trails and no bridges over Single Creek. The road west, Vine Street led to three Fords named after Jim Yates (also called . . . Map (db m204486) HM
73 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Tree Firemark
Tree Firemark First issued in 1805 in Philadelphia. First mark that insured buildings surrounded by Trees Map (db m215526) HM
74 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Water Works — Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
Water, a daily necessity for life, is seasonally limited in areas of Osceola County. Pioneers built water towers to store collected rainwater or pumped water from rivers, lakes, and streams. Some settlers used cisterns to store water, while others . . . Map (db m205107) HM
75 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — William Glenn and Donna Haupt Ray — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Ray 1894-1965 — 1897-1958 William Glenn — Donna Haupt Glenn was born in Banner, ILL., Donna in Sanborn, Iowa. They came to Kissimmee from the Midwest in 1925. He became Tax Assessor in 1932. He helped organize First Federal . . . Map (db m204863) HM
76 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — William Isaac and May Belle Patterson Barber — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Barber 1887-1960 — 1889-1975 William Isaac —May Belle Patterson Will was born in Kissimmee Park. May came from Nebraska in 1910. They were married in 1911. Will was tax assessor 1912-32, raised cattle and citrus. He was a . . . Map (db m204325) HM
77 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Wilson MacArthur and Minnie Elizabeth Lancaster — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Lancaster 1883-1950 — 1888-191964 Wilson MacArthur — Minnie Elizabeth Canadians by birth, they moved from North Dakota to Kissimmee in 1933. Dr. Lancaster founded the Osceola Hospital, where medicine and surgery were his . . . Map (db m204769) HM
78 Florida, Osceola County, Kissimmee — Young and Nora Tindall — Kissimmee Pioneer Families Memorial Wall —
Tindall 1875-1970 — 1877-1955 Young — Nora Young , born in Georgia, moved to Osceola County in 1886. He married the former Nora Sullivan. He was a trapper, timber man and cattleman. Served as Sheriff from 1932-1953. Known for . . . Map (db m204491) HM
79 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — Ashton
In the 1800s land boom Mr.Gerald Ashton and his brother Mr.Frank Ashton came to the Narcoosssee English Colony and settled in Runnymede. Frank started the little town of Ashton where he had a "wood rack” three miles south of Narcoossee and . . . Map (db m215443) HM
80 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — Coble’s Garage — St. Cloud Historic Murals
Built in 1914, the 50’ Χ 100’ structure was the longest single floor space in the city at that time. The gas pump was on the edge of the road leaving your car on the road as you filled the tank.Map (db m209079) HM
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81 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — Confederate Veterans Monument — Veterans Memorial Park
Front: Jacob W Aderhold • Greenleaf Andrews • James A. Bandy • Isaac Barber • Edwin A. Barnes • James A. Barnes • Archibald C. Bass • Crawford H. Bass • George W. Bass • Richard Bass • Thomas J. Bell • William J. Brack • David M. Breaker . . . Map (db m209489) WM
82 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — F-856 — First National Bank/St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce
St. Cloud's First National Bank opened in 1910. This narrow, two story Masonry Vernacular structure was built from locally produced sand brick, wood beams, and concrete block. St. Cloud residents subscribed over $100,000 of capital stock, twice as . . . Map (db m96945) HM
83 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — F-1100 — Fisk Funeral Home
Side 1 In 1915, licensed embalmer Carl E. Carlson opened his undertaking establishment in a rented building on Massachusetts Avenue and 11th Street. In 1918, he purchased the building belonging to St. Cloud’s first physician, Dr. C.S. Cooper, . . . Map (db m172080) HM
84 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — Four Firsts — St. Cloud Historic Murals
#7-10. When the Union veterans first arrived in 1909 there were very few buildings. Everyone lived in tents. The first house was the home of GW. Penn and still stands at 1205 Massachusetts Avenue. First National Bank was Saint Cloud's first bank . . . Map (db m212236) HM
85 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — F-936 — Grand Army of the Republic Building
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a nationwide organization founded in 1866 for Union veterans of the Civil War. The town of St. Cloud was founded in 1909 as a community for Union veterans. The L.L. Mitchell Post #34, named for the first . . . Map (db m112312) HM
86 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — Hamilton Disston Purchases Four Million Acres — St. Cloud Main Street
#15. In 1881, Hamilton Disston purchased four million acres of land from Florida's indebted Internal Improvement Fund. The purchase may have been the largest land purchase by an individual in world history. He planned to drain the swampland north of . . . Map (db m212182) HM
87 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — F-95 — Hamilton Disston Sugar Plantation
In 1885, Hamilton Disston, Pennsylvania industrialist and pioneer Florida promoter, established an extensive experimental sugar plantation on the drained lands around St. Cloud. The enterprise, part of Disston's promotional scheme, prospered for . . . Map (db m72623) HM
88 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — 4 — Hamilton Disston’s Sugarcane Mill — St. Cloud Main Street
#4. In 1881, Hamilton Disston purchased four million acres of land in Florida. His efforts to drain the Everglades to open Florida to agriculture included dredging the canal between St. Cloud and Kissimmee. When it was completed on November 22, . . . Map (db m209075) HM
89 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — 2 — Horse Drawn Wagon — St. Cloud Historic Murals
#2. Horse drawn wagons delivered ice to homes and businesses from the Saint Cloud electric and ice plant at Tenth Street and Minnesota Avenue. When the plant reached its full production capacity in 1911, it could produce 10 tons of ice per day. . . . Map (db m212155) HM
90 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — F-999 — Hunter Arms Hotel
Following World War I, the United States economy was thriving. Florida’s population skyrocketed as cheap land, combined with the improved roads and railways, drew northern tourists and developers to the state. In 1925, Ohio mausoleum builder . . . Map (db m137485) HM
91 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — 1 — Joyland Beach and Bathing Beauties — St. Cloud Main Street
#1. The Joyland Beach Pier and Dance Hall located near the beach on the lakeshore at Ohio Avenue provided a place for relaxation and entertainment for the growing town. It had replaced the original boat and bathhouse that was built in 1911 after it . . . Map (db m212160) HM
92 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — 11 — Old Mule Stable — St. Cloud Main Street
#11. This mule yard on the south side of 13th Street between Pennsylvania and New York Avenues became history on March 29, 1928 when the city decided to transform it into a new city park. In 1936, a band shell was constructed. On June 13, 1937 the . . . Map (db m212163) HM
93 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — 3 — Original Fire Department Garage — St. Cloud Main Street
#3. Originally built by Osceola County State Bank in 1911 by N.F. Bass this building later served as the St. Cloud City Hall. The town contracted to purchase the building and made the final payment in 1920. The addition on the south side was built . . . Map (db m212154) HM
94 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — 13 — Seminole Land Investment Company — St. Cloud Main Street
#13. Looking to find a location to establish a veteran's retirement colony, the Grand Army of the Republic established the Seminole Land & Investment Company. The site had to meet its requirements of health, climate and productiveness of the soil. . . . Map (db m212180) HM
95 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — F-1081 — Soldier City's Mount Peace Cemetery
Side 1 Beginning in 1909, Union Civil War veterans from all over the United States began to move to St. Cloud, many drawn by promotions in Northern newspapers. The first veteran to die in St. Cloud, Lucius L. Mitchell, passed away in December . . . Map (db m172100) HM
96 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — St. Cloud Roll of Honor World War One
St. Cloud Roll of Honor World War One 1917 - 1918 Armstrong, Dan E. • Arrowsmith, C.M. • Bailey, Clarence • Baker, Elmer • Barber, Dan M. • Barber, Jack • Bartlett, Neil • Bleech, Otto • Booth, James L. • Cathcart, H.C. • . . . Map (db m209496) WM
97 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — 12 — St. Cloud Veteran Fife and Drum Corps — St. Cloud Main Street
#12. The Grand Army of the Republic Post 34 played an active role in bringing thousands of Union veterans to Saint Cloud in the early 1900s, the largest concentration of Union veterans in the South. The G.A.R. Fire and Drum Corps made these honored . . . Map (db m212179) HM
98 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — F-845 — Sugar Belt Railway/VFW Post
The Sugar Belt Railway Line, built in 1889 by Hamilton Disston, transported sugar and citrus between the town of Narcoossee and Kissimmee. The train made the return trip after being reversed on a turntable at Narcoossee operated by muscle power. The . . . Map (db m96946) HM
99 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — The Bell AH-1 Cobra
The Bell AH-1 Cobra, “Snake”, was the world’s first specifically designed armed attack helicopter. During the Vietnam War, the need for a gunship to protect unarmed helicopters quickly became apparent, when many were lost to ground fire. First . . . Map (db m208619) HM
100 Florida, Osceola County, St. Cloud — The Grand Army of the Republic — Veterans Memorial Park, St. Cloud, Florida
In Memory of The Grand Army of the Republic and those Union Veterans who in 1909 settled the “Wonder City” of St. Cloud, Florida At 1101 Massachusetts Avenue stands the GAR Memorial Hall which held the Lucius L. . . . Map (db m208621) WM

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