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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Tampa Pier: 1900

Tampa Pier: 1900

Tampa, Florida, circa 1900. "Tampa pier. The Olivette at her landing." Next stop: Margaritaville. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Where is everybody?

There isn't a soul in this photograph. Creepy.

Plant System

Henry B. Plant was a turn of the century rail baron, owning railroads throughout Florida and south Georgia. The P in the cross on the mail steamer's smokestack is one of his logos, as are the banners on the rail stock. The name is also on those out buildings on the left. Atlantic Coast Line bought him out in 1902. Today, what remains of his railroad is part of CSX. The Strawberry capital of Florida, Plant City, was named for him. His greatest architectural contribution to Florida was the Tampa Bay Hotel, which stands today as part of the Universtiy of Tampa.

Mail Call!

The Olivette was one of several U.S. Mail steamships that ran between many Florida ports. They were noted for being quite fast.

 
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