How much do you know about Port Tampa’s impressive history?

(Port Tampa, FL) -Port Tampa is a neighborhood in the southwestern most portion within the city limits of Tampa, Florida, on the western end of the Interbay Peninsula. Within this neighborhood is Picnic Island Park as well as several public schools including Westshore Elementary, Monroe Middle School, and Robinson High School. It is conveniently located near Macdill Air Force Base, and popular with veterans and families stationed at Macdill.  It is also close to downtown Tampa and Davis Islands, where Tampa General Hospital is located.  If you are looking for a home that will eliminate your commute to work and school….CLICK HERE

And as a side note for pop culture lovers: Hulk Hogan grew up in Port Tampa and attended Robinson High School when he was still known as Terry Bollea!  There is a much more historic side to this neighborhood.

The town of Port Tampa City was established in 1885 at the end of Henry B. Plant’s railroad line. The shallow draft of Tampa Bay made Tampa’s main port inaccessible for the larger ships of the day, so Plant built a new port several miles away. To help bring visitors and residents to this new development, Plant’s built the St. Elmo Inn and Port Tampa Inn at the end of his rail line. The Port Tampa Inn was larger and had the distinction of being constructed directly on the bay on stilts according to Wikipedia.

Port Tampa was the primary port of embarkation for the Spanish–American War in Cuba. In June 1898 Port Tampa and the city of Tampa hosted more than 33,000 visitors including military officers, enlisted men, nurses, civilian clerks, teamsters, packers, stevedores, war correspondents, tourists, and a host of foreign military observers. Wartime notables who passed through Port Tampa included Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, the Buffalo Soldiers, Clara Barton of the American Red Cross, Richard Harding Davis, Stephen Crane, and Frederic Remington says Wikipedia. There are many interesting photos and war stories from the Spanish American War with ties to this neighborhood.  Take a look here: Tampa Bay History

Port Tampa became less important when several dredging projects made the Port of Tampa accessible to all shipping. The port is still in use, however, and is the main entry point for fuel for both Tampa International Airport and MacDill Air Force Base.

The Port Tampa Public Library
Though the city of Port Tampa was annexed by the City of Tampa in 1961, community members still recognize the neighborhood’s heritage. A centennial celebration was held in 1993, complete with home tours, and a large block party in the Spanish–American War Memorial Park at the corner of Interbay Blvd. and Westshore Blvd.

Port Tampa Library: Courtesy Wikimedia


A large neoclassical style building with marble base and glazed terracotta tile above, formerly used as a bank, was saved from demolition through a community effort spearheaded by the Port Tampa City Woman’s Club and the Civic Association of Port Tampa. The Port Tampa City Women’s Club had run the library from 1951–1961. The renovated building, the former Commerce Bank Building, was converted into the Port Tampa City Library in 1998. Its second floor houses Tampa’s Maritime Reading Room, with its artifacts,books and coastal maps. The library is now run by the county.



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