DEC. 22, 2019 | 8 AM. | YEEHAW JUNCTION–Freelance photographer, Michael Brown Jr. of Vero Beach, was on his way early Sunday morning to Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area to photograph Florida wildlife when he came across the accident at about 6:30 a.m.
Sadly, the historic building and seemingly the only building at the Junction, was mostly destroyed when a tractor-trailer slid into the structure.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report, the truck driver, Mareo Cawley (50) of Chicago, told troopers the intersection was dark and he did not realize he was not on the road anymore when he drove onto the shoulder of the road and into the building.
No one was inside the at the time of the crash and the tractor-trailer was towed from the scene. Part of the building collapsed. Cawley suffered minor injuries.
“It’s destroyed,” said an Osceola Historical Society spokesperson. The society owns the property. “It will have be bulldozed”
The hotel and restaurant were added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1994. The historic bar and bordello dates back to 1889.
Photos by Mike Brown Jr. See his Florida wildlife images at South Florida Wanderer.