- Florida Longhorn
Triple N Ranch Wildlife
Management Area was part of the last large open range in the United
States. At the beginning of the twentieth century Florida south of
Orlando was the only place east of the Mississippi where the
population density was less than two persons per square mile.
Open range ranching
continued in Florida until 1949, when the Florida Legislature
passed a law requiring all cattle to be fenced. The central Florida
palmetto prairie was home to the Florida cow, a small, bony,
long-horned descendant of Spanish cattle that was able to survive
heat, bugs, and poor forage.
Betsy Purdum -
Remains of Homestead
Throughout Triple N Ranch
are hammocks where homesteads once stood. Portions of the Triple N
Ranch property were acquired in November 1994. Another portion was
acquired in August 1996. Prior to state acquisition the land was
used as a cattle ranch and as a hunting preserve for family and
friends of the owners. Since 1997, FWC has acquired the McNamara,
Equitable, and Yates tracts.