238 Pages and 97 Exhibits
“Between two beautiful lakes and projecting into a third,” central Florida’s Fort Gatlin, established in 1838, became the hub for the earliest settlements south of Orlando. BEYOND GATLIN is the history of true-life courageous pioneers, hardy men and women who endured an endless barrage of challenges to establish 19th century settlements of Kissimmee City, Shingle Creek, Pine Castle, Mackinnon, Troy, Gatlin, Conway, Campbell City, Runnymede, and 20th century communities of Taft, Prosper Colony, Edgewood, Belle Isle. Beyond Gatlin also goes in search of the real Fort Davenport, the ridge of Oaks, and more. 97 Exhibits and an extensive bibliography support this first-ever history of how South Orange County and Osceola County came to be.
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The photo above shows the one-time location of a 19th century, one-square mile town. MACKINNON, a town misspelled since its founding in 1883, and one of many early towns established in South Orange County.
McKinnon nee Mackinnon
Chapter 13 of BEYOND GATLIN
OTHER BOOKS BY Richard Lee Cronin
Road to Orlando;
CitrusLAND Curse of Florida’s Paradise,
The Rutland Mule Matter
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