TARPON SPRINGS, FLORIDA /
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Part A--General Information
Tarpon Springs is on the West Coast of Florida, 28 miles northwest of Tampa,
35 miles north of St. Petersburg, and sixteen miles north of Clearwater. It
is oh the Gulf of Mexico and near the Anclote River. The elevation is 18 feet.
U. S. Highway 19 passes through Tarpon Springs. The Atlantic Coast Line Rail-
road provides rail service. Bus service is provided by Gulf Coast Motor Lines
and Greyhound Lines. Air Service is not available.
Pinellas County had a population of 130,268 in 1945. The population of Tarpon
Springs was 4,727.
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 60.4 2.38 .July 81.4 4.48
February 62.1 2.72 August 81.7 9.16
March 66.1 2.77 September .80.2 6.91
April 70.7 2.13 October 74.1 3.20
May 75.9 3.07 November 66.2 2.00
June 80.0 5.76 December 61,0 2.62
Annual 71.6 51.20
Tarpon Springs was founded in 1882 by Anson P. K. Stafford, ex-governor of
Arizona. It was named Tarpon Springs because of the many tarpon seen swimming
around in the fresh water Spring Bayou located in the heart of the city.
Sponge fishing by hooking was introduced here in 1890 by an early settler,
John K. Cheyney, but not until 1905 were the first sponge divers brought over
6. Maior Sources of Income:
The sponge fishing industry is Tarpon Springs' chief industry and is of vital
importance to the city economically. The fishing boats are active the year
round, and the sponge industry itself i- one of the greatest tourist attrac-
tions. Commercial fishing and citrus producing. are important industries. A
new chemical plant that is about to begin operations is expected to take its
place among the leading industries here.
Part B--Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
Greek Cross Day or "Epiphany", a Greek religious celebration, is held annually
on January 6. There is a parade of church dignitaries and members of various
Greek organizations, after which Greek youths dive for.a golden cross at
2. Athletic Events:
The Tarpon Springs high school has athletic events during the school term.
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3. Tourist Clubs:
The Tarpon Springs Tourist Club has a clubhouse There entertainments are held
every Friday night at 8-o'clock and card parties every Wednesday night at 8
o'clock. Various other social gatherings are held there through the week such
as afternoon socials, sewing circles, and picnics. The dues are $1.50 per
season, December through March,
4. Recreational Clubs:
Golf Club, membership dues $50 family, $40 single-man, and $35 single woman.
A clubhouse and 18-hole golf course available.
5. Civic Organizations:
6. Fraternal Organizations:
7. Organized Entertainment:
Card parties at Tourist Club during winter months on Wednesday nights.
Various programs of entertainment Friday nights at Tiourist Club.
Dancing at Municipal Pier every night.
Band concerts held during winter months in Coburn Park on Sunday afternoons.
8. Recreational Facilities:
Coburn Park has a community clubhouse, tourist clubhouse, shuffleboard courts,
and tennis courts.
Golf club and course, greens fee $1.50, 18-hole course.
Quail, squirrels, and rabbits are found in this section. It is approximately
three miles to unposted hunting grounds. Hunting lodges and hunting guides
are not available.
Fresh water bass, perch and bream are caught in Lake Butler. Salt water
robalo, trout, snapper, sheepshead, redfish, grouper, tarpon, king fish,
mackeral, and grunts are caught in the Gulf of Mexico, Anclote River and
bayous. Fishing camps in the area are:
Cobb Lake Butler Acres Cabins with light housekeeping facilities.
Lake View Camp Four cabins with light housekeeping facilities.
Brand's Camp Six cabins with light housekeeping facilities.
Alex's Fish Camp Boats, bait, and tackle.
Fishing guides are not available. Charter fishing boats are operated by:
"Canuk" Captain R. J. Stevens, 112 Levis Avenue, 20 persons,
$35 for 12 and $3 for each additional passenger.
"Milo" Captain Milon Shear, 69 Spring Boulevard, six persons,.
Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Catholic, Church of God, Chris-
tain Science, and Universalist denominations have services in Tarpon Springs.
TARPON SPRINGS, FLORIDA
Name Rooms Rate Plan
Howard 50 $2 up single European
$3 up double
Stratford' 35 $.50 up single European
$3 up double
Villa Plumosa 34 On request American
2. Tourist Courts:
Hill's Cabins, four cabins, $12 up weekly, $45 up monthly, three-fourth mile
to eating places.
La Siesta, eight cabins, $4 to $6 single cabins night and $6 to $8 double
cabins per night, eating place across street.
Linger Longer, 17 cabins, single apartment $1.50 to $2 a night, double apart-
ment :i3 to $4 a night, eating place one mile.
Sunshine Auto Camp, 10 cabins, $25 to $35 a month, one-fourth mile to eating
3. Guest Homes:
Topliff House, 101 Court Street, single rooms $2 per day, double $3 per day.
Mrs. Hazel Hill, 312 E. Tarpon Avenue, $1.50 per day single, $3 per day double.
4. Trailer Parks:
Linger Longer, 75 spaces, electrical and water connections, grocery store
across street, eating place one mile, rates, U2.50 week, $8 per month,
Chesapeake Point, 60 spaces, electrical and water connections, grocery store
in park, eating places one mile, rates $1 up.
Sunshine, 25 spaces, electrical and water connections, grocery store two
blocks away, eating places one-fourth mile, rates $3 per week, water
5. Specialized Eating Places:
Riverside Cafe Sea foods and Greek salad
Victory Cafe Sea foods and Greek salad
Further information on Tarpon Springs can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
City Hall Building
South Pinellas Avenue
Tarpon Springs, Florida