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WUCF TV’s Central Florida Roadtrip Journeys to Kissimmee

Posted by Jennifer Cook on

Central Florida Roadtrip returns Thursday on WUCF, taking viewers inside the stories and history that shaped the city of Kissimmee.

Find out how steamboats created a tourism boom for Kissimmee, and brought travelers of all kinds, including President Chester A. Arthur, the Vanderbilt family, and even Thomas Edison, to the famous Tropical Hotel.

See why Kissimmee became one of the biggest hubs for the cattle industry, so much so that it eventually became known as “Cow Town”. “If you drove through Kissimmee back in the mid-30s and 40s, you saw miles and miles of cattle and pasture,” said Osceola County Historical Society Executive Director Donnita Dampier.

Then, stop and visit The Silver Spurs Rodeo, “the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi”, which was started by a small group of ranching families and grew from 16 members to over 300 members with audiences of up to 8,000 people.

Dive into the famous Mizell / Barber family feud. This rivalry was fueled by the families being on opposite sides of the Civil War, and, as a result of their feud, at least 13 members of the families were killed in 1870.

Finally, discover the history of Frank King, who famously created the comic strip “Gasoline Alley”, find out why Kissimmee is host to one of the country’s largest Puerto Rican communities, and how the city is also the inventor of the drive-thru.

Central Florida Roadtrip airs Thursday, October 26 at 8 p.m. on WUCF TV.

You can learn more about Central Florida Roadtrip on the website (http://www.wucftv.org/roadtrip).