Riverview Community Profile

 

 

Welcome to Riverview!

 

Riverview was founded in 1885 on the Alafia River‘s north shore. However, in the 1830s settlers arrived on the south side of the river formerly known as Peru (pronounced Pe-Roo) because Peru was an Indian name for straight part of the river.Peru existed for nearly 100 years, it was one of the oldest settlements in central Florida; according to the Sunland Tribune: Journal of the Tampa Historical Society, November 1992.It wasn’t until the 1940s that Riverview absorbed Peru, and now claims the south side of the Alafia river. The Peruvian Mining Company, which mined phosphate from the Alafia took its name from the settlement of Peru. The term Alafia is translated as “River of Fire” due to the phosphorus on the early riverbottom glowing at night. The area’s first school was built in 1893, inside the Peru Baptist Church. The area called Riverview began to be populated on the north side of the river. The two communities were connected by a river ferry. Soon after a bridge was constructed from sections of a bridge that once spanned the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. The Post Office periodically was moved from the Riverview side to the Peru side of the river and back, causing much tension. The Riverview name eventually came into usage in the early 1940s by the post office to relieve just such confusion with the mail. Peru has disappeared from all but the earliest maps, much to pioneer families’ dismay.

In Riverview, you have access to the Alafia river where you can swim, kayak, fish or just enjoy the beautiful scenery. You will see Manatees, Redfish, Tarpon, Sheepshead and if you go up the river far enough you will see some alligators.

Riverview is minutes away from Downtown Tampa and Brandon, which has all of one’s entertainment needs such as movie theaters, shopping centers, and a countless amount of restaurants that will please any craving for a desired cuisine.

 

 

 

 

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Winthrop Town Center 11109 Winthrop Market St, Riverview, FL 33578 One stop shop! Groceries, dining and hair and nail salon.
International Independence Showmans Assoc. 6915 Riverview Dr, Riverview, FL, United States
Lowes 10425 Gibsonton Dr, Riverview, FL 33578 Home Improvement Store
Beef O' Brady's 9622 US-301, Riverview, FL 33578 Fun Family Sports Bar
The Williams Park Boat Ramp S Tamiami Trail, Gibsonton, FL 33534
Joia Pizza and Martini Bar 10475 Gibsonton Drive, Riverview, FL, United States Great Food, Great Happy Hour
East Bay Race Way 6311 Burts Road, Tampa, FL, United States