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The Wild Man of Englewood

Sarasota Herald-Trîbune Sunday, Aug. 21, 1960 Wild Man of Englewood By JOSEPHINE 0. CORTES The sensation of the West Coast of Florida in 1910 was a “wild man” who devoured raw cattle and hogs in Manatee County. Yesterday we learned that the notorious creature was (pardon the expression) a resident of Englewood, where he was […]

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What is a Cracker?

For the past sixteen years Englewood has been celebrating Old Florida with a “Cracker” Fair. This year the tradition continues. It is said the term “Cracker” comes from the cracking of the whip Florida cow hunters used to herd cattle. Florida was the first cattle producing state in America — not Texas, not Missouri – […]

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