U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Florida > Tampa Bay
 [Register]
Tampa Bay Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 04-15-2010, 07:00 PM
 
842 posts, read 2,033,397 times
Reputation: 719

Advertisements

My Union is having a convention in Tampa over at Channelside at the end of May. Since I work in Tampa, one of the Union leaders asked me to write up what makes Tampa famous or special and some history of Tampa.
It may already be somewhere in the threads, but I couldn't find what I was looking for. So, if anyone knows if the thread already exists and can give me the link it would be appreciated. If the thread does not exist, any contributions to my Union leaders paper would be appreciated. I've only worked here about 2 years and I live 37 miles away.
All I can tell her is
1. Tampa Bay Rays (I don't know if that is football or baseball or what kind of team it is, but I think their stadium is on Dale Mabry);
2. Crucifix fish - tons of them out on the Bay right now since the cold weather killed all those fish last month;
3. Hard Rock Casino;
4. State Fair is here;
5. 2 really nice malls - International and Westcott
6. Ybor City is a party part of town and they have flaminco dancing at the Columbia restaurant there;
7. Bubba the Love Sponge is the #1 rated morning show, for better or worse;
8. Drivers are aggressive, suffer from road rage, don't follow speed limits, run red lights, and the number 1 sport on the interstates is cutting other cars off.

That is what I have learned about Tampa.

Now, I figure all the locals and long time residents can do far better than that. Anything special, anything that makes it unique. Any interesting history.

Thanks for the help.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-15-2010, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
1,447 posts, read 2,662,294 times
Reputation: 1036
Tampa, Florida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
here is a potted history.
you might get some clues in this
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-16-2010, 03:46 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay`·.¸¸ ><((((º>.·´¯`·><((((º>
4,554 posts, read 6,907,374 times
Reputation: 13522
Quote:
Originally Posted by lavender View Post
Tampa, Florida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
here is a potted history.
you might get some clues in this
Here's a little info from the site Lavender posted:
The current location of Tampa was once inhabited by various indigenous cultures, most recently the Tocobaga. It was spotted by Spanish explorers in the early 1500s, but there was no permanent American or European settlements in the area until 1824, when the US Army established a frontier outpost called Fort Brooke at the site of today's Tampa Convention Center. The village of Tampa began as a small group of pioneers who settled near the fort for protection from the Seminole population in the area.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-16-2010, 06:32 AM
 
13,773 posts, read 35,112,524 times
Reputation: 10606
If you live in Tampa you are missing out on a lot.


1. Tampa Bay Rays (I don't know if that is football or baseball or what kind of team it is, but I think their stadium is on Dale Mabry); Tampa Bay Rays is baseball and they play in St. Pete. The Yankees have a park on Dale Mabry for spring training. The Bucs are the football team.

6. Ybor City is a party part of town and they have flaminco dancing at the Columbia restaurant there; Ybor city is much more than a party place. There is a lot of history in Ybor including underground tunnels the Mafia used to run numbers. You can visit the casitas (houses) where the tobacco workers once lived. There is a farmer's market on Sat and wonderful cuban food. There are also history and/or ghost walks on the weekend
http://www.ybor.org/index.cfm?section=vs&page=15 (broken link)


There are manatees to see at the power plant, Big Cat reserve on Gunn Hwy, the Aquarium, Lowery Park Zoo, Nature parks and canoeing on the Hillsborough River. OH yeah.. Bayshore Blvd has the longest sidewalk in the US.

In N. Pinellas there is Tarpon Springs a Greek settlement with sponge dock and boat trip to see them dive for sponges also wonderful greek food. Depending on the weekend there are often art festivals or food festivals all over Tampa.


OK Tpa3guy.. your turn

Last edited by Keeper; 04-16-2010 at 04:04 PM..
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-16-2010, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
2,637 posts, read 11,511,438 times
Reputation: 3567
The wiki has a pretty good historical review.

You say your union will be at Channelside - you might want to check out the little Tampa history center in that complex. I haven't visited it yet but plan to the next time I am over that way.
Quote:
1. Tampa Bay Rays (I don't know if that is football or baseball or what kind of team it is, but I think their stadium is on Dale Mabry);
The (Devil*) Rays are a baseball team, their stadium is the Tropicana dome in St. Petersburg. The Raymond James stadium on Dale Mabry is for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an NFL football team. And monster truck shows. There is another smaller stadium across the street from it which is where the NY Yankees (baseball) do their spring training.

You may have noticed that the sports teams are called "Tampa BAY" this or that. Tampa is the city, Tampa Bay is a body of water. The teams are named this way to indicate that they are for the entire Tampa Bay area, not just the city of Tampa. Which may help to explain why the (Devil) Rays don't play in Tampa.

*Yes, I know they dropped the "Devil" but I will not! I will also continue to call the St. Pete Times the Ice Palace no matter how many times they rename it!
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-16-2010, 08:09 AM
 
1,500 posts, read 2,928,097 times
Reputation: 1228
Quote:
Originally Posted by Annie of Oldsmar View Post
The current location of Tampa was once inhabited by various indigenous cultures, most recently the Tocobaga.
I also noted in wiki that the "Archeological evidence reveals a total collapse of the native cultures of Florida in the years after European contact. The Tampa area was depopulated and ignored for more than 200 years." Very early foreshadowing of non-native invasive species or should we consider pythons modern day pioneers?

I loved this wiki entry: "A later Spanish expedition did not notice Charlotte Harbor while sailing north along the west coast of Florida and assumed that the current Tampa Bay was the bay they sought. The name was accidentally transferred north" suggesting, I jest, that Tampa began as a mistake.

Wiki also names the Tocobaga as the original occupants of Temple Terrace, quite a few years before the temple orange, even if the city's own website City of Temple Terrace - History (http://www.templeterrace.com/misc/history_index.htm - broken link) credits not its original habitants, but the Spanish in 1757.

For anyone into maps, when I was researching Tampa Bay before buying here I came across this web site http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/maps/gal...ough/index.php with maps dating back to 1839.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-16-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Tampa
2,602 posts, read 7,490,010 times
Reputation: 1551
Hillsborough County once stretched from around Ocala, all down the West Coast, and then over to almost (or maybe including) Miami. I think the entire population of the county was under a thousand at the time!
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-16-2010, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay`·.¸¸ ><((((º>.·´¯`·><((((º>
4,554 posts, read 6,907,374 times
Reputation: 13522
Ferret> It must have been nice , under a thousand ppl for the population!
Tarpon Springs has the biggest greek population outside of Greece in the US.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-16-2010, 10:54 AM
 
1,500 posts, read 2,928,097 times
Reputation: 1228
Quote:
Originally Posted by Annie of Oldsmar View Post
Ferret> It must have been nice , under a thousand ppl for the population!
You'd think. But there was only one dirt road. So everyone kept Morse coding each other about the terrible traffic.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-16-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay`·.¸¸ ><((((º>.·´¯`·><((((º>
4,554 posts, read 6,907,374 times
Reputation: 13522
HA!! You funny!!
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Florida > Tampa Bay
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top