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Updated: 11/02/2013 08:00:03AM

Somebody round up those cows!

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY DIANA HARRIS

In the 1950s the Vanderbilt stepbrothers, Alfred and William, developed the Two V Ranch, where Rotonda is today and became the first in Florida to raise the Santa Gertrudis cattle breed. Open range came to an end in 1949 and the Vanderbilt’s cattle were fenced in as can be seen in this photo. Woody Thayer took this photo in 1959 of one of the Vanderbilt’s handsome creatures.

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Some longtime residents remembered the way it was back in the 1930s when cattle roamed free everywhere, including the Englewood area.

It was still an era called open range that had existed in Florida since the 1830s.

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