Life & Death on the Loxahatchee, The Story of Trapper Nelson by James D. Snyder

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He began life as the sickly son of a landless Polish immigrant. In the next sixty years he was to wrest from the wilderness a thousand acres along Florida's most breathtaking jungle river.
At age 25 Vince Nelson "disappeared" up the wild and scenic Loxahatchee to escape the glare of publicity after his brother had killed a fellow trapper in a dispute over money. After carving our a cabin, dock and outbuildings, he opened "Trapper's Zoo and Jungle Garden."
Over the years be became known as The Legend of the Loxahatchee, with as many faces as the people who thought they knew him. Trapper, hunter, alligator wrestler, gambler, snake charmer, woman charmer, voracious reader, the man who once sought recluse became famous as wealthy socialites arrived in yachts to tour his expanding property and savor his tales of life in the wilderness.
Suddenly this real-life Tarzan's life ended as mysteriously as he lived it. On a steamy July day in 1968, Vince Nelson was found dead of a shotgun blast on his jungle complex.
 

About James D. Snyder

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Jim Snyder has been a lifelong journalist since graduating from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1958. After 40 years as a Washington news correspondent and magazine publisher, he moved to South Florida and and has since authored several books on its rich local history. Snyder lives on the Loxahatchee River and is active in promoting and preserving its history and designation as the first federally-designated Wild and Scenic River.
 
Published April 19, 2013 by Pharos Books. 147 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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