BASINGER

NAME: Basinger
COUNTY: Highlands & Okeechobee
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 3
CLIMATE: Sunny
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime
COMMENTS: Highway 98 on the Okeechobee County (Basinger) and the Highlands County side (Fort Basinger). Check out the Edna Pearce Lockett Homestead and the school in which she taught. From Orland-take Florida Turnpike South and get off at Yeehaw Junction exit. Go west and turn left onto Hwy 441 south...Ft. Drum is approx 5-10 miles from light. keep heading south on 441 and turn right on Hwy 68 West.it dead ends on Hwy 98..take 98 west for about 3-5 miles Fort Bassinger is on your left when you go over the bridge.
REMAINS: Various "Cracker" farm buildings, Edna Pearce-Lockett Homestead, Basinger School
Ft. Basinger was a fort, named after a lieutenant killed in the dade massacre, from the seminole wars during the 1830's. The kissimmee river fort site is on the lockett homestead however, there are no remains. Basinger, on the okeechobee side, is literally the seat of civilization since it was the first part of present-day okeechobee county where white settlement is recorded. The first settlers moved here after the civil war and by the turn of the century basinger was a "bustling" cowboy community. The town boasted of two hotels, a general store, clothing stores, and a post office. There were two town periods, one during the 1800's and another during the early 1900's. The majority of the settlers were cattlemen, who also hunted alligators and "coons". The chief weapon of the florida cowboy was a strong whip, 12 to 18 feet of braided buckskin fastened to a handle of 12 - 15 inches long. The pop or crack resulting from its use sounded like a rifle shot and is claimed to have resounded for several miles. The name "cracker", applied to natives of georgia and florida, is said to have originated as a cattle term for those who used the whips. Early, 1870, settlers to the area were parker, holmes, raulerson, chandler, and underhill. Settlers on the highlands county side were the daughtreys and the pearces. There was a steam boat business that traveled up and down the kissimmee river from 1894 to 1920. It died when the highway system went in. When the railroad past up the area for the town of okeechobee the town slowly disappeared. Submitted by: Mike Woodfin


Lockett Barn on the Edna Pearce Lockett Homestead
Courtesy Mike Woodfin


Edna Pearce Lockett - 1880's homestead - Edna was the teacher at the one room schoolhouse
Courtesy Mike Woodfin


Interior of the Basinger Schoolhouse
Courtesy Mike Woodfin


Basinger Schooolhouse
Courtesy Mike Woodfin


Girls Outhouse for the Basinger School
Courtesy Mike Woodfin


Old Basinger School 1915 courtesy of Okeechobee Pictures



James S. Walker Store Basinger, Florida was at the site of the present community center.
Courtesy of LaMartin.com


Old lamp post and shack Basinger
Courtesy Jim Pike


Fort Basinger Edna Pierce-Lockett homestead site
Courtesy Jim Pike


Fort Basinger steamboat landing, 1889, courtesy of TommyMarkham.com


Steamboat "Bassinger" on the Kissimmee River, at the shore of Fort Basinger, 1902, courtesy TommyMarkham.com


Pearce family plot on the Pearce-Lockett estate

Courtesy Jim Pike

Historic Marker in front of the Pearce-Lockett estate

Courtesy Jim Pike


Bassinger
Courtesy Brett Bode


Bassinger
Courtesy Brett Bode


Bassinger
Courtesy Brett Bode


Bassinger
Courtesy Brett Bode


Bassinger
Courtesy Brett Bode


Bassinger
Courtesy Brett Bode


Bassinger
Courtesy Brett Bode

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