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Port Tampa

Port Tampa is a district in the southwestern most part within the Tampa city limits in Florida located on the western end of the Interbay Peninsula, bounded in the west by Manhattan Avenue to Tampa Bay and everything south of the old east-west railroad track north of McCoy St.

Port Tampa neighborhood was established in 1885 by Henry B. Plant who built a new port many miles away at the end of the railroad line, since the passage on Tampa Bay was too shallow to be accessed by bigger ships. Plant also established the St. Elmo Inn and Port Tampa Inn at the end of his rail line to help residents as well as visitors to this newly developed district. Port Tampa Inn was bigger, distinguished for being constructed directly on the Tampa Bay on posts. read more…

Port Tampa is a district in the southwestern most part within the Tampa city limits in Florida located on the western end of the Interbay Peninsula, bounded in the west by Manhattan Avenue to Tampa Bay and everything south of the old east-west railroad track north of McCoy St.

Port Tampa neighborhood was established in 1885 by Henry B. Plant who built a new port many miles away at the end of the railroad line, since the passage on Tampa Bay was too shallow to be accessed by bigger ships. Plant also established the St. Elmo Inn and Port Tampa Inn at the end of his rail line to help residents as well as visitors to this newly developed district. Port Tampa Inn was bigger, distinguished for being constructed directly on the Tampa Bay on posts.

In1898, the city of Tampa and Port Tampa, being the port of embarkation for the Spanish-American War in Cuba, hosted about 35,000 travelers featuring military officers, medical teams, soldiers enlisted, civilian clerks, packers, war correspondents, teamsters, stevedores, even tourists and a host of observers. During that war era, noted persons passed through the Port such as Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, the Buffalo Soldiers, American Red Cross’ Clara Barton, Stephen Crane, Richard Harding Davis and Frederic Remington.

Although in 1961, Port Tampa district was annexed by the City of Tampa, the community still acknowledges the heritage of the neighborhood. In 1993, a centennial celebration was held in commemoration of the war era, at the Spanish-American War Memorial Park, located at the corner of Interbay Boulevard and Westshore Boulevard, complete with home tours and a large block party.

Visitors can check on the Port Tampa Public Library, formerly Commerce Bank building, which was converted in 1998 through the efforts of the Port Tampa City Woman’s Club and the Civic Association of Port Tampa. This was a large neoclassical building with marble base and glazed terracotta tile above. Its second level is now Tampa’s Maritime Reading Room, featuring its artifacts, coastal maps and books.

Port Tampa became less significant soon as various dredging projects were done to make Port of Tampa accessible to all shipping. However, the port is still being used as major entry point for fuel accessed by Tampa International Airport and MacDill Air Force Base.

Today, the neighborhood boasts of its Picnic Island Park, Spanish American War Memorial Park, and KwaneDoster Community Center. It has some public schools which includes Westshore Elementary, Monro Middle School and Robinson High School.


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