Desert Inn - Yeehaw Junction, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 27° 42.000 W 080° 54.278
17R E 509402 N 3063974
Quick Description: The historic Desert Inn is located in Yeehaw Junction in Osceola County, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 6/20/2008 6:56:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM40Y7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 22

Long Description:
A historical marker in front of the Desert Inn reads as follows: "The Desert Inn was founded as a trading post in the late 1880s. The present building dates before 1925 and served as a supply and recreational center for cattle drovers, lumber men and tourists during the era when much of Osceola County was still undeveloped wilderness. Cowmen working the free ranging cattle on the palmetto prairie and lumber men cutting timber in the nearby pine lands came to the Desert Inn to eat, drink, and dance at this "oasis" where they could enjoy some relief from their arduous labors. Local patrons of the trading post and restaurant included African Americans and Seminoles, who had separate dining facilities in the era of segregation. The construction of roads in the 1930s brought tourists to the area, and a set of overnight cabins were erected behind the original building. Today the Desert Inn continues to be a popular destination for tourists and local residents. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1994."

From Wikipedia: "The Desert Inn and Restaurant (also known as Wilson's Corner) is a historic site in Yeehaw Junction, Florida, United States. It is located at 5570 South Kenansville Road, next to SR 60. On January 3, 1994, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places."
Street address:
5570 S Kenansville Rd
Yeehaw Junction, FL USA
34972


County / Borough / Parish: Osceola County

Year listed: 1994

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Commerce/Trade

Current function: Commerce/Trade

Privately owned?: yes

Season start / Season finish: From: 1/1/2008 To: 12/31/2008

Hours of operation: From: 8:30 AM To: 8:00 AM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: [Web Link]

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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