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2007 - SOUTHLAND HOTEL (1926)

  • CHRISTMAS IN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY Limited Edition Ornament
  • ORNAMENT Details:
    • 500 Produced
    • 24 karat gold on brass
    • numbered certificate with historical information
    • 2007
  • Historical Information (taken from certificate):
    The Southland Hotel was built by J.G. MacNeff in 1926. On the Northeast corner of US 441 and SR 70. The three story hotel had fifty-seven (57) guest rooms, one apartment, a kitchen, one large and one small dining room, beauty salon and bar.

    The lobby was a large room filled with wicker furniture, had high ceilings and a huge fireplace. Guests would sit around the fireplace enjoying their alcoholic beverages until the Methodist Church filed a complaint. After much ado about the distance between the church and the hotel lobby, where the bar was located, the city ordinance was set and the bar closed.

    Sometime later the hotel fell on hard times, filed bankruptcy and was turned over to the State of Florida.

    Marshall Conrad "Tom" Pitts bought the Hotel in 1937. He, his wife Beulah and family lived in the apartment until 1967.

    Numerous businesses shared the Southland Hotel building throughout the years including: US Post Office, Wisteria Pharmacy (later Padgett's Pharmacy), WOKC Radio, Chamber of Commerce, Carolyn's Dress Shop (later the Casual Shop), Campbell's Real Estate, R.B. Merserve Insurance, Mac's Chemicals and the Palmetto Restaurant.

    The Grand Hotel provided an elegant setting for Jr./Sr. Proms, wedding receptions and other social events in the community. It was demolished in 1968 and with it went a beautiful piece of Okeechobee History.
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Okeechobee, FL  34973-0116
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