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Title: Apollo Beach Collection
Description: The 5,500 acres tract of land that was to be known as Apollo Beach was first deeded to Paul Dickman in 1920 and used annually for farming and grazing pasture and considered uninhabitable. In the early 1950s, Dickman negotiated the sale of the land to three men from New York: Turner, Dean and Cla...
Title: Ghost Towns
Description: Old Sun City (formerly Ross), Peru, Boyette, Ft. Lonesome, and Balm are some of the ghost towns of Southern Hillsborough County. Sun City street names still evoke the silent film era: Chaplin, Chaney, Fairbanks, Pickford. Gibsonton absorbed Adamsville, Garden City, Gardenville and Remlap. ...
Title: Gibsonton
Description: Gibsonton was a popular winter fishing destination for many carnival and sideshow workers in the 1940s according to Mark Caramanica. It was the only place in the U.S. where the former fire chief was over eight feet tall and the local police chief was a dwarf! Gibtown, as it’s called, was near...
Title: Riverview Collection
Description: Williams Park boat ramp and fishing pier on the Alafia River is one of Riverview’s recreation areas where visitors and residents alike can boat and/or fish. Riverview is also home to an ‘antenna farm’ which is a term to describe an area dedicated to television or radio telecommunications t...
Title: Ruskin Collection
Description: In its early days, Ruskin was isolated. Few roads and boat trips to Tampa and St. Petersburg took several hours each way. Local trees supplied timber for construction and resin for turpentine. An abandoned turpentine factory provided the means to make turpentine and buildings for temporary housin...
Title: Southern Hillsborough County Historical Connections
Description: In 2008, one hundred years after the founding of Ruskin, Hillsborough Community College opened its fifth campus here, bring higher education back to a town whose very existence was predicated on the establishment of a college. A few years later, in 2013, Dr. Arthur “Mac” Miller, a retired co...
Abstract/Description: Description of mission and goals of the 'History Project' at HCC-SS.
Title: Sun City Center
Description: Del Webb (who was half owner of the New York Yankees) built the Kings Inn with a luxury restaurant and a 20 unit motel in just 30 days. Businessmen from Tampa and Sarasota would often fly in for lunch and a private place to talk. There was an airstrip across 674 from the Inn. The taxiway is now...
Title: Wimauma Collection
Description: According to Wikipedia, Captain C.H. Davis founded Wimauma in 1902. Which was located on a 55-mile railroad route from Durant to Manatee County and into Sarasota beginning in 1895. Wimauma has 6,500 year-round residents, and increases with the farming seasons to 11,000+. Wimauma is truly speci...