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Wheelers

Left Lake Okeechobee headed home to do some drying & restocking.  Stopped in Arcadia for breakfast, had to drive around a bit to find the right spot. It is named Wheelers been in the same location since 1929.   Everyone seemed to know each other; it is the epitome of a small southern farm town eatery.  1-The Rev. James Hendry named the town in honor of Arcadia Albritton, a daughter of pioneer settlers who baked him a cake for his birthday. He appreciated it so much he named the city after her.  2-Verbal History has it that Arcadia Coker, who married an Albritton changed the name of the town "Tater Hill Bluff" to "Arcadia" after his wife to be as a wedding present to her.  Not sure which is correct,
I like the cake story myself.

Epitome of a small southern farm town eatery.
  If I bake a cake will they change the name Gibsonton to Old School  Bill Florida?  Arcadia is a city located in DeSoto County, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 6,604. It is the county seat of De Soto County. The city was devastated by Hurricane Charley in 2004.  Arcadia is located at 27°13'3"N, 81°51'36"W (27.217585, -81.85991  Arcadia's local economy is heavily reliant upon agriculture. Primary agriculture elements include citrus, cattle and watermelons.  During the winter months many retirees from the mid west relocate to Arcadia, which provides a needed contribution to the local economy.
Berta was there for the opening.
Arcadia hosts DeSoto County's annual fair usually in the month of January. While traditional aspects of a fair or carnival are provided, the event also presents livestock shows consisting of swine and cattle, which are presented by the local FFA and 4-H.  Arcadia is also the home of three rodeos. These events, which are managed by the local rodeo association, occur during the months of March, 4th of July holiday and in the Fall. From the profits of these events many local charities, college scholarships and causes receive funding.  During the month of May a local watermelon festival is held. The month of May is also the height of watermelon harvesting season. The festival has a variety of pageants, contests and draws local tourists. The festival is part of the Florida Watermelon Association. http://www.flfwa.com/

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Wheelers
Wheelers
Epitome of a small southern farm t…
Epitome of a small southern farm …
Berta was there for the opening.
Berta was there for the opening.
Main Street
Main Street
Did Elvis play there?
Did Elvis play there?
1st Street South
1st Street South
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