RUSKIN, FLORIDA ( VQ|
Hillsborough County Z
Part A---General Information
Ruskin is on the West Coast of Florida, 20 miles south of Tampa, and 20 miles
northwest of Bradenton. It is near Tampa Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and Little
Manatee River. The elevation is five to 10 feet.
U. S. Highway 541 and Florida Highway 674 pass through Ruskin. The Atlantic
Coast Line Railroad provides rail service. Bus service is provided by
Tamiami Trail Tours. Air service is not available.
Hillsborough County had a population of 207,844 in 1945. The population of
Ruskin was about 1,000.
(From observations at Tampa, Florida.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 60.4 2.69 July -81,2 7.95
February 61.9 2.56 August 81.5 8.18
March 66.8 2.43 September 79.9 6.42
April 70.9 2.01 October 74.3 3.09
May 76.3 2.99 November 66.9 1.72
June 80.2 7.25 December 61.1 2,07
Annual 71.8 49.36
Ruskin was named for John Ruskin. It was founded in 1907 as a cooperative
colony with Ruskin College as center. Ruskin College was discontinued in 1918.
6. Major Sources of Income:
The main source of income is agriculture. Income from vegetables per year is
02,000,000. Income from the fishing industry is $500,000 per year. There are
five packing houses and three commercial fish houses in Ruskin.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
There have been no special events since the war started. Prior to that the
Ruskin Tomato: Festival was a yearly event. It may be revived.
2. Athletic Events:
3. Tourist Clubs:
Ruskin Tourist Club has just been organized. Chamber of Commerce Building and
school house are used for social events.
4. Recreational Clubs:
5. Civic Organizations:
Ruskin Business Club
Chamber of Commerce
Ruskin Woman's Club
Ruskin Junior Woman's Club
Veterans of Foreign Wars
6. Fraternal Organizations:
7. Organized Entertainment:
8. Recreational Facilities:
There are two shuffleboard courts, a swimming pool, a skating rink, and houses
for picnics and fish fries in Ruskin. Admission fee for swimming pool is 250.
Quail and turkeys are found in this section. It is about five miles to
unposted hunting grounds. Hunting guides and hunting lodges are not available,
Salt water trout, sheepshead, and redfish are caught in.the Tampa Bay. Fresh
water bream, perch and bass are caught in inland lakes. Salt and fresh water
fish are caught in Little Manatee River. Fishing camps and fishing.guides are
not available. 'otorboats and rowboats can be rented.
Churches in Ruskin are: Methodist, Baptist, the Tabernacle, and Church of
Ruskin Cooperator, nine rooms, rates $1.50, European plan.
2. Tourist Courts:
May Park, 17 cabins, one mile to nearest eating place.
Wrights Ruskin Cabins, 11 cabins, 200 yards to eating place.
Paradise Park, eight cabins, eating place on grounds.
Boracko's Cabins, two cabins, one mile to eating place.
Shell Point, 20 cabins, eating place on grounds.
White Swam Tourist Court, eight cabins, eating place on grounds.
Bakers Cabins, two cabins, eating place 200 yards.
Rice Cabins, three cabins, eating place one mile.
3. Guest Homes:
4. Trailer Parks:
May Park, 17 spaces, electricity, showers.
Paradise Park, 50 spaces, electricity,.showers.
Wrights Cabins, eight spaces, electricity, showers.
Barikko Cabins, three spaces, electricity, showers.
Shell Point, 27 spaces, electricity, showers.
Armstrongs, 40 spaces, electricity, showers.
White Swan Cabins, 10 spaces, electricity, showers.
Carey's Pirate Point, 10 spaces, electricity, showers.
5. Eating Places:
The Ruskin Cooperator
The Coffee Cup
Shell Point Restaurant
Ruskin Sweet Shop
Further information on Ruskin can be obtained from:
RUSKIN BUSINESS CLUB
RUSKIN TOURIST ASSOCIATION