A Very early view of Main Street in West Tampa.

Material Information

A Very early view of Main Street in West Tampa.
Tony Pizzo Collection ( Contributor )
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Physical Description:
1 photograph ( 12 x 25 cm )


Subjects / Keywords:
Print, Photographic ( Documentary Artifact, Communication Artifact ) ( nmc )
Wooden buildings ( lctgm )
Street railroads ( lctgm )
Streets -- Main Street ( lctgm )
Spatial Coverage:
Tampa |z 1271000 |2 ceeus
Hillsborough County |z 12057 |2 ceeus
United States of America -- Florida -- Hillsborough County -- Tampa


General Note:
Not until Henry B. Plant brought his railroad across Florida to Tampa in 1884 did the then small village make a unified effort to attract manufacturing. When engineer Gavino Guiterrez suggested Tampa as a site to Vicente Martinez Ybor and Ignacio Haya for their cigar factories, they met a receptive, newly organized Board of Trade. The community leadership agreed to put up $4,000 as a part payment on the land, and Ybor City was assured. And the town's only bank - forerunner of the First Florida Bank - decided there was a future here. By 1886, an amazing prosperity began to transformTampa. Businessman decided to extend their investments. Hugh Campbell Macfarlane, a canny Scottish lawyer in town only a few years, began assembling land west of the Hillsborough River with the idea of forming a company to help develop a new cigar manufacturing area. (At that time all the area west of the river was designated as West Tampa. It was not until later that the name and exact location of West Tampa were definitely established.)
Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Ephemeral Cities Project.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida
Holding Location:
University of South Florida, Tampa FLorida, Special Collection
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