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The exploration of Kissimmee really was a photo opportunity for Eddie and me - visiting the town itself, shooting the Lake Toho Lighthouse and capturing interesting and historical sites. Since Kissimmee was in close vicinity of Orlando and Disney, we expected traffic delays and extended travel times. Our primary interest was capturing a sunset and other low light photography, hoping the weather would be on our side.
First up was Pioneer Village. The Village tells the story of Osceola County's early settlers where you can see original pioneer homes, a general store, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop and an original citrus packing plant.
Heading to downtown Kissimmee, our one goal was the Monument of States, inspired by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The mission of the monument was "to demonstrate the unity of America" and it was designed to include at least one rock from each of the states in the United States of America.
Next up - downtown. Pretty cool - we visited oldest operating retail store in Florida. The original store established in 1884 was located at what today would be Darlington Avenue and Pleasant Street. Makinson Hardware was rebuilt in 1900 at its present location, since the original structure had burned down. On the side of their building is a town mural. Oh, and we visited OldTown after night fall.
Last: Low-light and night time photos of the Lake Toho Lighthouse and Boat area.
- Pioneer Village and multiple buildings
- Monument of States ... be sure to capture YOUR state separately
- Makinson Hardware - building murals and the interior of the store
- (a must) Lake Toho Lighthouse and Park, including the boat ramp
Wiki ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kissimmee,_Florida
Pioneer Village ... osceolahistory.org/pioneer-village/