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Part A---General Information
Ner Port Richey is on the Uest Coast of Florida, 48 miles north of Saint
Petersburg, 36 miles northwest of Tampa, 24 miles north of Clearwater and
7 miles north of Tarpon Springs. The Gulf of NMexico is 1 mile from New Port
Richey and the Pithlachascotee River flows through the city.
U. S. Highway 19 passes through New Port Richey. Rail transportation, pro-
vided by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, is available at Tarpon Springs,
7 miles south. Greyhound Lines provides bus service. The nearest scheduled
air transportation is at Tampa.
The population of Pasco County was 13,729 in 1945, and New Port Richey had
a population of 922 in 1945. During the winter, the population of New Port
Richey increases to 2,500 to 4,000.
Normal Normal Iormal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 60.3 2.96 July 80.9 8.10
February 61.6 2.77 August 81.1 8.77
March 66.5 3.17 September 79.4 6.61
April 70.6 2.32 October 73.4 3.60
May 76.2 4.27 November 65.6 .2.08
June 79.7 8.24 December 60.5 2.61
Annual 71.3 55.50
Legend, partly verified by historical facts, says the Calusas Indians took
their last stand near New Port Richey on the Pithlachasctce River. The
Calusas Indians were worshippers of the Sun God Toya and at one time there
were several mounds along the river on which it is said the Calusas offered
human sacrifices to their sun god. Only one of these mounds remains, near
the mouth of the river in Port. Richey. The others were excavated by the
The first settlers came to this section at the time of the Seminole Wars.
One of these, a Captain Richey, established the first post office and named
it Port Richey. The post office of New Port Richey was established in
September 1915. The community was developed by the ovmers of Port Richey
Company, who conceived the idea of platting out several sections of land into
10 acre tracts and laid out a town site along the banks of the river where
New Port Richey now stands.
6. Major Sources of Income
The economy of New Port Richey is based primarily upon the tourist trade.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
March--Chasco Fiesta, Calusas Indian Pageant.
2. Athletic Events
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3. Tourist Clubs
4. Recreational Clubs
Shuffleboard Club--Tournaments on Thursday of each week.
5. Civic Organizations
American Legion Auxiliary
Junior Tonanis Club
United Spanish War Veterans
United Spanish War Veterans Auxiliary
Veterans of Foreign Wars
6. Fraternal Organizations
Weekly bridge tournament at Chasco Inn.
8, Recreational Facilities
Shuffleboard, 8 courts Swimming,
Golf course, 8,miles from Now Port
boating, football, basketball, baseball.
Ducks, geese, quail, turkeys, fox, pppossum, squirrels and raccoons are found
in the vicinity of 7New Port Richey. There are unpostedhunting grounds ap-
proximately 10 miles from town, No hunting lodges or guides are available.
Rivers and lakes offer excellent fresh water fishing, while numerous vari-
eties of salt water fish are caught in the Gulf of Mexico, 1 mile from town,
Cotee Lodge and Stewart Camp are fishing camps in New Port Richey, Captain
Ed Linderman operates a charter fishing boat.
Baptist, Catholic, Christian Science, Community Church, Episcopal, Hethodist.
Number of Rooms
2. Tourist Courts
3. Guest Homes
Information on the numerous guest homes can be obtained from the New Port
Richey Chamber of Commerce.
4. Trailer Courts
Four trailer parks, $7 to $12 per week, utilities extra.
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5. Specialized Eating Places
Casey s Corner specializes in "Chicken in the Basket",
Further information on New Port Richey can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF CO-rIERCE
New Port Richey, Florida