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First discovered by the American tourist in the mid-1800s, Orlando and the surrounding towns soon began to feel the impact of the newcomers, their wealth, ideas, and lifestyles. Extending pleasant winter vacations to year-round residences, these new inhabitants were drawn by the warm climate and the attractions offered in the burgeoning Central Florida region. Along with the hardy pioneers who had carved their home out of the Florida wilderness, they began to build a thriving community in Orange
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Image from page 265 of “Harper’s New Monthly Magazine Volume 34 December 1886 to May 1887” (1887)
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Title: Harper’s New Monthly Magazine Volume 34 December 1886 to May 1887
Year: 1887 (1880s)
Publisher: New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers
Contributing Library: Brigham Young University-Idaho, David O. McKay Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University-Idaho
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ine trout for breakfast, and ahuge one weighing about eleven pounds,which was successfully baked for dinner,after this fashion: having been cleaned,washed, and rubbed with salt inside andout, the great fish was wrapped in brownpaper and laid on palmetto leaves, on ahot place left bare by raking away theashes from the former centre of the fire; itwas covered then with palmetto leaves,then with cooler ashes, and then with hotglowing embers; and there it was left forhours. Potatoes were baked at their lei-sure for dinner, too, and while Maginnisand Mr. Wegg took tlie boat and went offto cruise about and hunt for the river, theladies vanished down the beach, and foundthe firm white sand to be a delightful bath-ing floor. The water Avas clear and soft,warm enough in the shallows to be calleda hot bath, while by wading out to the knee—always with smooth, snowy sand underfoot—it was cool and exhilarating. Leg-<rins later found refreshment in a similar 424 HARPERS NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE.
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experience; and there was some reading*aloud and some drowsing before the othertwo,returned with good tidings; they hadfound the river—we were camped withina half-mile of it; better than that, theyhad seen a sail-boat coming up the river,and Mr. Wegg eagerly assured us that itwas handled by the best guide in the coun-try, and doubtless he would give us fulldirections as to the route to pursue. This boat soon came in sight, and paidus a brief visit ; it held two handsomeand courteous young sportsmen fromthe North, the bluflp and welcome figureof an Orlando (Florida) hotel man, andMr. Jack Rooney, of Kissimmee City, thevaunted guide, a man whom Mr. Weggcould have embraced in his joy, for nowhe would have reliable information. Weall hung upon Mr.Rooneys words as he de-scribed to us the various landings on LakeKissimmee, and advised us of then merits. Ever been there before ? Mr. Rooneyasked Mr. Wegg, with a sus])icious look.■ You can get lost on Lake Kissimmeemighty easy if you dont
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