Okomo Mobile Home Park

First founded in the 1950s, Okomo was home to families who lived in single and double-wide trailers. The trailers surrounded a coral rock house which was first built in the 1920s as a wooden house, before being moved, remodeled and encased in a limestone facade. Hundreds of oak trees planted over a hundred years ago created a natural canopy for the residents of the park. The property was bought by a developer, forcing the residents to move. Demolition... Read More

The Mount Dora Catacombs

Many thanks to Bill Sievert and Richard Stayton for providing information and photos for this article. Revelation 18:10 – “Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.” Alas, Babylon was written in 1959 by Pat Frank, and was one of the first apocalyptic novels of the nuclear age. It deals with the effects of a nuclear war on a small fictional town called Fort Repose, Florida, which... Read More

Riddle House

Undated photograph of the house on Riddle Drive. Built in 1881, this house was one of the oldest structures in the area. It was built by a banker from New York for his wife as a wedding present, a summer country retreat at what was at the time, 500 acres of cattle and farm land, what is now Riddle Drive in Orlando. According to locals, the house was built on an old Indian mound and many Indian artifacts were found there while digging in the ground... Read More

The Davie Mafia Mansion

Photo Credit: Abby Rosenberg, 2014 – The property was bought and used as a ranch in 2010. Located in Davie, many locals knew this abandoned house as the ‘Mafia Mansion’, nicknamed for the urban legends that surrounded it. According to some individuals, the property was purchased by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in 1980 for $762,000. It was seized, among other Florida property owned by the Medellin cartel, in 1987 by US federal... Read More

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