Yeehaw Junction, Florida: Desert Inn at Yeehaw Junction (Gone)

Chickens roamed the property (a former saloon and brothel). Featured an unusual jackass mural photo-op; the place was originally named Jackass Crossing. In late Dec. 2019, a semi loaded with orange juice crashed into the building, causing severe damage.


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Desert Inn at Yeehaw Junction

The inside is unique with beautiful hardwood floors that look original. Menu is simple. Really nice folks.

[Shannon Hiser, 05/10/2017]

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Desert Inn at Yeehaw Junction

The Desert Inn is a classic Florida and historic site.

[Reagan, 06/02/2016]
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The new owners of the Desert Inn want to turn it into a full-throttle Wild West-style attraction, tapping its colorful history. According to a report in the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, the still-intact upstairs brothel would be opened to the public as a museum, and the Inn would stage daily gunfights between a costumed sheriff, an enraged wife, and a bordello-customer husband. Another new attraction, according to the Sun-Sentinel, will be "fake spiders lowered from the ceiling by strings hooked behind the bar."

No timetable is offered for these improvements, and we would note that changes have come very slowly at the Desert Inn. It didn't get electricity or running water until 1978.

[ Team, 08/25/2014]

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Desert Inn at Yee Haw Junction

How can you turn up a chance to visit a town named Yee Haw Junction -- a place that is on the National Register but in an area that looks like it should be on the Godforsaken Places Register. The town has only one business, the Desert Inn, a cafe, hotel, and bar all in one. It has an unusual jackass mural that people like to have their pictures taken in front of.

[Leo Griffin, 07/24/2013]
Historic Desert Inn at Yeehaw Junction

Founded in the late 1880s as a trading post. The present structure dates back to 1898 and served as a supply and recreation center for cattle drovers, lumber men and tourists when Osceola County was still underdeveloped. Cowmen and lumbermen came to the Desert Inn to eat, drink and dance at the "oasis." Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Museum, Gift shop, operating inn and restaurant. Careful of the chickens roaming the property.

[Phil Qualter, 09/04/2005]

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