Yee Haw Junction and the Desert Inn
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The Battle of Yeehaw Junction pitted the Confederate forces of General Stuart Josiah Culpepper against the Union forces of Major General Cameron Clinton Morgan on 21 March 1864 at Yeehaw Junction, Florida in a battle that would determine the possession of the strategically important Yeehaw Junction Corridor. This battle, won by Confederate forces, highlights the Principles of Maneuver, Mass, Economy of Force and Surprise, and the Tenents of Initiative and Synchronization. Additionally present were the violations of the Battlefield Operating System of Intelligence and the Principle of Security. This victory enabled the Confederates to secure the corridor and sustain the critical logistics pipeline from the "Storehouse of the Confederacy." It also conclusively demonstrated that superior technology, numbers and resources were not an effective substitute for good generalship and adherence to the Battlefield Operating System of Intelligence and the Principle of Security.
According to town historians and several original newspaper articles that are displayed at the Desert Inn and Restaurant National Historical site, the town was originally named "Jackass Junction". This name was given to the four corner site back in the early 1930s, when local ranchers rode on burros to visit the Desert Inn (then the local brothel). As the 1950s approached, the Florida legislature felt that a name change was due-the construction of Florida's Turnpike through the center of the community in 1957 demanded such a change- and "Yeehaw Junction" was selected.
According to Dr. Ed Petuch of the Pangea Institute, who is trained as a paleontologist, the last known dire wolf in the State of Florida was killed near Yeehaw Junction, Florida in the 1920s. Fossils of the animal are found here once in a while, demonstrating that they were in these parts for quite some time. This would be quite astounding since the species has supposedly been extinct for several thousand years.
Today, Yeehaw Junction is known as a major stopping point for tourists coming from South Florida on Florida's Turnpike who want to purchase conditional discount tickets for various tourist attractions in the Orlando area, complete with various billboards along the way. The Turnpike exit links with Florida State Highway 60, an important traffic route going from Vero Beach on the Atlantic to Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida on the Gulf Coast.
Because the population is not large enough to support its own schools children in the community may choose to attend Osceola county schools which may be over an hour bus ride for students (nearest Osceola public school is in St. Cloud), or be bused to closer schools in Indian River or Okeechobee Counties.