Before There Was Cowboy, Florida Had Cracker!


Long before Texas had cowboys, Florida had cow hunters. The cattle they hunted and the horses they rode became known as Cracker. WFSU’s Mike Plummer visits with Doyle Conner, Jr. and Stephen Monroe, two Florida cattlemen involved in the preservation of the sunshine state’s cracker cattle and horse heritage.

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Mike Plummer is a content producer and editor for television at WFSU Public Media. He spent 25 years in commercial television as an art director, commercial director, promotion manager, station manager and creative services director before coming to WFSU in 2008. Mike likes to find the “unusual” or “out of the ordinary” stories in our Local Routes. He says the best part of his job is getting to know people he would otherwise probably not get a chance to meet. Mike is widowed, has two terriers named Truman and Dexter, and is constantly at war with the vines growing in his backyard.