Desert Inn and Restaurant

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Desert Inn and Restaurant
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Desert Inn and Restaurant is located in Florida
Desert Inn and Restaurant
Desert Inn and Restaurant is located in the United States
Desert Inn and Restaurant
LocationOsceola County, Florida, USA
Nearest cityYeehaw Junction, Florida
Coordinates27°42′0″N 80°54′18″W / 27.70000°N 80.90500°W / 27.70000; -80.90500Coordinates: 27°42′0″N 80°54′18″W / 27.70000°N 80.90500°W / 27.70000; -80.90500
NRHP reference #93001158[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 3, 1994

The Desert Inn and Restaurant (also known as Wilson's Corner) is a historic site in Yeehaw Junction, Florida, United States. It is located at 5570 South Kenansville Road, next to SR 60. On January 3, 1994, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


In the 1930s, the spot was originally named "Jackass Crossing," a reference to the burros that ranchers rode to Desert Inn.[2]

As early as 1889, the Desert Inn was a bar room and brothel for cowboys and lumber workers. The Desert Inn also didn't install full-service water and electricity till 1978.[2]

Throughout the years, the Desert Inn has been a trading post, gas station, and dance hall. In 1994, after being added to the National Register of Historic Places, the unused rooms about the restaurant were converted into a modest museum that featured a bordello suite with red carpet, lace pillows and a swing.[2]

The Desert Inn closed in June 2018.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ a b c "Yeehaw Junction makes historic halfway point on scenic Florida travel road trips". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  3. ^ “My Florida: Yeehaw Junction The extinction of Florida’s most beloved brothel (and its burgers)”

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