Don Columbus photography at Immokalee Pioneer Museum

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The Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch presents Cowboy Roots–Photography by Don Columbus. The exhibition will be on display from Oct. 15 through Dec. 28. A reception with the artist and local cowboy poet Clint Raulerson will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Stumbling unexpectedly upon Roberts Ranch three years ago, photographer Don Columbus became fascinated by the long time-depth of Florida’s cattle industry and the cultural roots of today’s cattle men and women, and the ranches they work. Cattle were first introduced to Florida in 1521 and supported early Spanish settlements throughout the state. The cattle industry still thrives in Florida where close to 1 million beef cattle range and ranching traditions are passed down from generation to generation.
Through the lens of his camera, Don Columbus captures this hard working “Real Florida” lifestyle; details that are often missed in the moment. His photographs give the viewer the opportunity not only to experience those moments in time, but to discover a richer present in them. His subject for Cowboy Roots includes the cattle culture around Immokalee where Florida born beef calves are raised, and the annual Immokalee Cattle Drive & Jamboree that commemorates this area’s cowboy roots.
Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch is located at 1215 Roberts Ave. West, Immokalee.
For more information about the exhibit, call 239-252-2611 or visit online at

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