A Family Passion for Land and Ranching…
The Bar-C Ranch is the personal ranch of patriarch, Doyle Conner, Sr., who bought the property in 1960 upon coming to Tallahassee to serve the state as Commissioner of Agriculture. While he was still in college, he was elected to the state House, dubbed the "boy wonder" of politics and went on to become the youngest Speaker of the House that the state has ever had. In 1961, he began his first term as the Commissioner of Agriculture and retired in 1991 after 30 years of service. He received countless awards and recognition for his leadership and promotion of agriculture.
Among the leading authorities in Florida ranching's history is the late commissioner's son, Doyle Conner, Jr., who was the former curator of the Florida Agricultural Museum and is a sixth-generation Floridian, himself. He has been interviewed by countless shows and magazines for his knowledge of the state's heritage. He's the chairman of the Great Florida Cattle Drive '16, an authentic week-long historically accurate Florida cattle drive.
Photo Credit: Ag Commissioner Doyle Conner, Sr.
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory
"Let us not forget that the first cattle & horses to step foot on American soil landed in Florida in 1521. From those cattle, America's first business (ranching) began and prospered throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. The first battle between cowboys and Indians was during the Indian uprising of 1647 in what is now north Florida. In 2021 Florida will celebrate 500 years of cattle production and the birth of the American cowboy."
—From Doyle Conner, Jr
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