Photo Essay: A Central Florida Highway Landmark Will Soon Disappear

Miami Herald reports, a new service station will be a welcome addition for eastbound travelers stopping in Yeehaw Junction — formerly known as Jackass Junction, named “for the donkeys that once crossed the road.” Yeehaw Junction marks the spot where Florida’s Turnpike meets State Road 60, which connects the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. But the iconic Desert Inn that’s dominated this historic crossroad since the 1800s will soon be erased from the landscape. The business closed in 2018, and a year later was “pummeled” in a truck crash. In an engaging photo essay compiled from the newspaper’s archive, Miami Herald memorializes an iconic part of “Old Florida” that is giving way to a new, more sanitized waypoint.