I explored at Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area located in Osceola County by the small town of Holopaw. It is a large area with around 16,000 acres of property that has many trails to hike and places to roam.
The place has a lot of history as well the area was part of the last large open range in the United States. At the beginning of the twentieth century Florida south of Orlando was the only place east of the Mississippi where the population density was less than two persons per square mile.
Open range ranching continued in Florida until 1949, when the Florida Legislature passed a law requiring all cattle to be fenced. The central Florida palmetto prairie was home to the Florida cow, a small, bony, long-horned descendant of Spanish cattle that was able to survive heat, bugs, and poor forage.
Throughout Triple N Ranch are hammocks where homesteads once stood. I hiked out to an area by Crabgrass Creek where I discovered one such possible homestead site. I found some bricks, fence posts, wood and barrels laying around. Nearby I also found part of an old vehicle on it’s side. I am not sure what model it is but some have suggested it could be a 1930’s Model A Ford. What do you think it could be?
I really enjoyed searching around the area and discovering the history. It has inspired me to learn about and explore this place further to see what else I can possibly uncover. I left all the items I found as they were so that hopefully for a long time to come others will be able to experience this history as well.