The Florida Brewing Company and the Ybor City Ice Works.

Material Information

The Florida Brewing Company and the Ybor City Ice Works.
Florida Photogrph Collection ( Contributor )
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Physical Description:
1 drawing ( 12 x 20 cm )


Subjects / Keywords:
Print, Photographic ( Documentary Artifact, Communication Artifact ) ( nmc )
Florida Brewing Company (5th Avenue and 13th Street) ( nmc )
Ybor City Ice Works (5th Avenue and 13th Street) ( lctgm )
Brewing Industry ( lctgm )
Ice industry ( lctgm )
Streets -- 13th Street ( lctgm )
Streets -- 5th Avenue ( lctgm )
Spatial Coverage:
Tampa |z 1271000 |2 ceeus
Hillsborough County |z 12057 |2 ceeus
United States of America -- Florida -- Hillsborough County -- Tampa


General Note:
The Florida Brewing Company, organized in 1896, was the natural outgrowth of an industrial boom in the Tampa area. Prior to that time Tampa was "a sleepy little settlement and life was in strict accord with the waves of the... bay.'1 The population in 1890 was a mere 5,532. Part of the boom came with the establishment of the first railroad to Tampa in 1883 and the erection in 1891 of Henry B. Plant's ultra-luxurious Tampa Bay Hotel. During this period Florida was becoming the winter playground of the wealthy. The real impetus for growth was the migration of the tobacco industry to the area in 1885. The move was led by Vicente Martinez Ybor, a pioneer cigar manufacturer initially operating plants in Havana, Cuba and later in Key West. Civil unrest in Cuba in the 1870's caused an increase in the already heavy concentration of the cigar factories in Key West. When half of Key West was destroyed by fire in 1886 and labor disputes arose thereafter, the industry quickly followed Mr. Ybor to his namesake, Ybor City (now a suburb of Tampa). This Latin flavored community, only two miles square and located east of Tampa, soon became "one of the leading cigar manufacturing cities of the world". The need for a major brewery became evident.
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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