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Wesley Chapel

Author : Madonna Jervis Wise
ISBN : 1531697569
Genre : History
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Wesley Chapel originated in the mid-1800s as a cohesive community of settlers who demonstrated a uniquely rural authenticity and independence of spirit. Evidence of Native American presence in the area has been documented as early as 10,000 BC. Lumber harvesting and turpentine production became prominent industries, while cash-crop farming, citrus, and livestock ranching provided sustenance for the pioneer settlement. Charcoal kilns, gator hunting, and moonshine stills supplemented incomes and spawned legends. The community was also identified by the monikers Gatorville, Double Branch, and Godwin. From 1897 to 1902, Wesley Chapel boasted its own post office, two sawmills, and a general store. Primitive roads left residents with an informal town nucleus, and services shifted to surrounding towns until the late 20th century, when postal service and incorporation emerged, and the lumber trusts of John D. Rockefeller, Otto Hermann Kahn, and Edwin Wiley morphed into sizeable ranches.
Category: History

Wildcat Creek Kids

Author : Madonna Jervis Wise
ISBN : 1439223955
Genre : Fiction
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Wildcat Creek Kids champions the significance of relationships while tracing a journey through adolescence during the Great Depression in a Midwestern community. The farming village of Cutler endures hardships but the Wildcat Creek provides respite, recreation, and conduit for constant regeneration in the midst of adversity in the 1930's. Surviving an era of disease prior to the advent of modern medical treatments such as antibiotics and immunizations, the kids of Cutler suffer losses, arbitrary afflictions such as the feared polio and poverty. Colloquialism and local legend provide texture to the tales that are based upon authentic provincial events. Institutions of the New Deal era infuse change to the lifestyles but the cooperative spirit is paramount. The characters' resilience and ingenuity shine through in the accounts which are based upon the life of Doyle Jervis, his adult mentors who serve as moral compasses for his life, Mommy Allen and Bright Shaffer, as well as a huddle of assorted and diverse pals.
Category: Fiction

Dade City

Author : Madonna Jervis Wise
ISBN : 9781439647363
Genre : Photography
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Dade City was named for Maj. Francis L. Dade, who perished in the Dade Battle, which opened the Second Seminole War in 1836. As the county seat, formality intermingles with frontier roots in a revered, historic courthouse, a stately jail, and an array of churches and historic homes. Dade City entices visitors with antique shops, cafés, and historical architecture. Folks are drawn to the hospitality of the Kumquat Festival, the homespun county fair, and agricultural showcases at area ranches. In 1908, O. Henry included Dade City in one of his short stories as a symbol of Americana. Surrounding the historic town are alluring places that tell the stories of Florida: the Withlacoochee State Forest, Lake Jovita, Trilby, Lacoochee, and San Antonio to name a few.
Category: Photography

Macdill Air Force Base

Author : Steven A. Williamson
ISBN : 0738587753
Genre : History
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MacDill Air Force Base was first recognized as a suitable location for an airfield by US Army aviators flying mock warfare maneuvers over Tampa in May 1938. Satisfying the US War Department's geographical requirements for providing air defense of America's southern Atlantic coast and supporting air operations over the Caribbean, the site was approved in July 1939 to become the location for the Army Air Force-planned Southeast Air Base. It was later renamed MacDill Field in honor of Army Air Force aviator and pioneer Col. Leslie MacDill. The base was formally dedicated on April 16, 1941, and B-17 Flying Fortress and B-26 Marauder combat crewmen began training in the business of making war. From bomber and tactical fighter wings to combatant commands and aerial refueling squadrons, MacDill Air Force Base--through global war, regional conflicts, and counterinsurgencies--has repeatedly answered the clarion call to arms and proven itself to be an unrivaled military juggernaut within America's strategic arsenal.
Category: History

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Author : Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez
ISBN : 9781439659731
Genre : Travel
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When Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opened in 1959, the Tampa, Florida, park became an immediate hit with locals and tourists alike. Over the decades, Busch Gardens has grown to become an internationally acclaimed and accredited zoological facility and world-renowned theme park. Serving as a sanctuary for thousands of exotic and endangered animals from around the globe and offering up unique thrilling rides and world-class entertainment, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay proudly welcomes millions of guests each year.
Category: Travel

Tampa S Historic Cemeteries

Author : Shelby Jean Roberson Bender
ISBN : 9780738598536
Genre : History
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Three years after the 1821 purchase of Florida from Spain, Fort Brooke became the first permanent, modern settlement on the site of present-day Tampa, and a new life began for settlers on Florida's rich gulf coast. By 1855, it was incorporated as the city of Tampa. Continuing its rich, diverse, cultural, and ethnic heritage, Tampa has become the nation's 54th-largest metropolitan community. Its abundant history is uniquely told with a leisurely stroll through the city's historic cemeteries. Oaklawn Cemetery, Tampa's first public burial ground, was created in 1850 when Tampa had only 500 residents. There, one can find governors, senators, mayors, lawyers, doctors, pirates, and thieves--all of whom have a story to tell. By the late 1800s, some of Tampa's most prominent citizens were buried in newly formed cultural and social club burial grounds.
Category: History

Vintage Tampa Signs And Scenes

Author : John V. Cinchett
ISBN : 9781439638002
Genre : History
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During the 1950s, the Cinchett Neon Sign Company came to be Tampa's best-known sign maker. When the city planned to build a zoo, the mayor asked Cinchett to design the new sign. Fried chicken king Colonel Sanders had the sign company create all the neon work for his first two Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in Central Florida, and soon after, other reputable businesses came calling.
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Tampa Bay S Gulf Beaches

Author : R. Wayne Ayers
ISBN : 0738516635
Genre : History
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In the years following World War II, Tampa Bay's barrier island beaches were transformed from a sparsely populated strip to a booming vacation destination. Following the war's end, fond memories of beachside training exercises amid sand and sea attracted thousands of former G.I.s and their families to the area for vacation. This sudden outbreak of tourism caught the attention of developers, who quickly converted the lonely stretches of beach into a vacationer's paradise, complete with snazzy motels offering the latest amenities. Once home to fishermen and well-to-do winter vacationers, the area's gulf beaches became a popular getaway for newly prosperous middle-class families, anxious to put war-weary years behind them.
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Tampa S Carrollwood

Author : Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez
ISBN : 9781467110808
Genre : History
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The story of the Carrollwood area stretches back to the 1890s, when Rev. Isaac Ward Bearss led a small caravan from Missouri to Florida and helped form a closely knit rural community between Lake Carroll and Lake Magdalene. Over the next six decades, citrus groves and cattle ranches flourished on those fertile soils and so, too, did the vision of a young developer named Matt Jetton. In the late 1950s, Jetton bought more than 300 acres of land surrounding Lake Carroll and built the 925-home community known as Carrollwood. By the 1970s, many of the remaining citrus groves in the areas surrounding the neighborhood gave way to new homes and businesses, and the Carrollwood name continued spreading north and west."
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The Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Author : Nevin D. Sitler
ISBN : 9781625840721
Genre : History
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Of the more than 5,200 bridges in the state of Florida, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, spanning scenic Tampa Bay, is by far the most famous. But the award-winning bridge that residents and tourists cross on a daily basis isn't the first to hold the Skyway name. Numerous versions of the current bridge have stretched across lower Tampa Bay, and each has its own remarkable history. Nevin and Ric Sitler detail the suspension cables, concrete, nuts and bolts and political battles that combined to produce the fantastic history of the Skyway bridges and other historic Tampa Bay crossings. Join this father-and-son team on their journey across the historic bay.
Category: History