A Pictorial History--Page 1
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laid out by the Florida East Coast Railway Engineers in the early
Hamilton Diston had
Okeechobee. It is located three miles
north of the shores of
At the time of the "Florida Boom"
(1920's), it was advertised
"Chicago of the South".
it was just a
sleepy little Cow Town in South Central Florida. I moved here in
1937, when I was two years old. At that time the only
be had were either in
Industry, or day work as
a Cowboy. From that time until now, some
seventy years, I have witnessed
much change. The pictures that you will see on the following pages capture
the progress and flavor of this community.
Let me know how you liked the story and pictures.
"Portions of the story were taken from the History of Okeechobee County, by Kyle S. VanLandingham and Alma Hetherington, copyrighted in 1978 and is reprinted with the permission of Mr. VanLandingham."
Early Diston Dredge
In 1881 Hamilton Disston negotiated with Florida Governor Bloxham and the Internal Improvement Fund to drain all of the lands overflowed by Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River in exchange for one-half the reclaimed land. Disston also purchased outright from the State four million acres of overflowed lands at 25 cents an acre.
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