When we were in Stuart last week visiting Jim and Judy, Jim suggested we take the boat tour up the Loxahatchee River to Vincent "Trapper" Nelson's old property, which is now an interpretive site telling the story of a man who choose to live the simple life of a hermit. Or so it would appear at first glance.
Trapper Nelson, also known as the Wild Man of the Loxahatchee was actually what I would call a serial entrepreneur. Here is his story as told on one of the interpretive panels in the park:
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Trapper Nelson's camp, zoo and jungle garden are an amazing testimony to man's ability to create something from a few rudimentary tools - everything was created without the use of electricity using materials he found in the area. Including this amazing water tower:
|This bloom will turn into a pineapple|
The stars indicate the severity of the hurricane. The 1949 one had wind speeds of 160 mph. In 1964 there were 2, one-star hurricanes.
Visitors paid Trapper Nelson to visit the site, stay over night and rent row boats. There were a few rules:
This is an overview of the park - and thus Trapper Nelson's land holdings that I took from Hobe Mountain:
Some "Wild Man of the Loxahatchee"!!
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