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The History of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard

PHOTOS: Tampa Bay History Center Collection The people of Tampa likely take it for granted that there is an expansive boulevard that runs along Hillsborough Bay providing a scenic view, as well as a long sidewalk to use both day and night. In fact, most developers would view the waterfront property solely in economic terms, seeing only dollar signs and 50-foot lots overlooking the bay. It took a great amount of foresight to resist the urge to build homes rather than a street along Tampa’s eastern waterfront. Those early developers didn’t build houses; instead, they built Bayshore Boulevard. As...

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The History of West Tampa

With all apologies and due regard to Ybor City, West Tampa should be known as “Cigar City” since it was (unlike Ybor) an independent municipality for 30 years. West Tampa owes its creation to both the cigar industry and to the Macfarlane Investment Company headed by Hugh Macfarlane. Born near Glasgow, Scotland, in 1851, Hugh Campbell Macfarlane moved to Tampa in the mid-1880s and opened a law practice. In 1887, as a city and state’s attorney, he helped reincorporate the city of Tampa and began purchasing several hundred acres of land on the western bank of the Hillsborough River. Then, beginning...

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4 Homes That Define West Tampa

If the walls in West Tampa’s homes could talk, they’d have some stories to tell. With homes still standing that date back close to 120 years, it’s the perfect place for homeowners who are looking for charm and character. “When you find a West Tampa home that you like, whether you decide to restore an old-school bungalow or you decide that you want to tear down and build new, you’re actually a part of history,” says Aminta Goynes, Realtor and founder of The Goynes Group at Coldwell Banker Realty. But in addition to the glass doorknobs, original penny tile flooring and clawfoot tubs that you’ll...

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