January 18, 2014 Florida Cowboys
The Useppa Island Historical Society has opened a new temporary exhibit in the Barbara Sumwalt Museum called “Florida Cowboys” featuring the photography of conservation photographer Carlton Ward Jr. and cowboy memorabilia. The exhibit portrays the history and the present day life of the cowboy and cattle ranching in the state. Florida was the first state in the country to begin cattle ranching in 1605 and is now home to over 15,000 ranches. One of the ranches is the largest beef producer in the nation, and six are in the top ten. They cover nearly a fifth of the state of Florida, protecting the endangered species that occupy their land and the state’s water resources. The exhibit will be on display through May 2014.