Cowboy Silhouette - Historic Downtown Kissimmee, Florida.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
N 28° 18.254 W 081° 24.228
17R E 460409 N 3130970
Quick Description: This Cowboy Silhouette is atop the welcome Arch to Historic Downtown Kissimmee.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 4/20/2012 4:40:02 AM
Waymark Code: WME8X8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member 3l diesel
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Long Description:
Cattle and the Cowboy used to be King in this area of Florida, now tourism and development have supplanted cattle ranching, after the Walt Disney World, theme park opened nearby in 1971. Now tourism is King.

"Founded in the mid-19th century as Allendale, it was renamed Kissimmee when incorporated as a city in 1883. Its growth can be credited to Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia, who based his two-million acre (8,000 km2) drainage operation out of the small town. Disston had contracted with the financially wobbly state of Florida to drain its southern lands, for which he would own half of all he successfully drained. This deal made Disston the largest single landowner in the United States.

Disston's dredging and land speculation required a small steamboat industry to transport people and goods along the new waterway. The Kissimmee shipyard was responsible for building most of these large steamships, which were just one jump ahead of civilization—with Kissimmee as the jumping off point. Concurrently, the South Florida Railroad was growing and extended the end of its line from Sanford down to Kissimmee, making the town on Lake Tohopekaliga a transportation hub for Central Florida. On February 12, 1885, the Florida Legislature incorporated the Kissimmee City Street Railway.

But the heyday of Kissimmee was short-lived. Expanding railroads began to challenge the steamships for carrying freight and passengers. By 1885, the South Florida Railroad had extended its tracks again to Miami. The Panic of 1893 was the worst depression or economic slump the U.S. had experienced, crushing land speculation and unsound debt. Hamilton Disston closed his Kissimmee land operation. Back-to-back freezes in 1894 and 1895 wiped out the citrus industry. The freezes, combined with South Florida's growth and the relocation of steamship operations to Lake Okeechobee, left Kissimmee dependent on cattle raising.

Kissimmee had a population of 4,310 in 1950. At that point there was some citrus packing as well as the ranching.

Ranching remained an important part of the local economy until the opening of nearby Walt Disney World in 1971. After that, tourism and development supplanted cattle ranching to a large measure; however, cattle ranches still operate nearby, particularly in the southern part of Osceola County."

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Title of Piece: Kissimmee Historic Downtown Arch

Artist: unknown

Material/Media: Steel Sheet.

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Intersection of, Vine Street & North Main Street, Kissimmee.

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

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