“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Demens Landing

Demens Landing Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
1. Demens Landing Marker
Inscription. This city park is located on the site of the first railroad pier in St. Petersburg, built by Peter Demens in 1889. Peter Demens (pronounced de-MANS) was a Russian nobleman, Pyotr Dementyev, who left Russia in 1881, came to Florida, and changed his name to Demens. He became an entrepreneur, investing in a sawmill and a construction company in Longwood, Florida. Later he took control of the Orange Belt Railroad, which he extended from Sanford, Florida to the west coast of Florida in 1888, to a town he had named St. Petersburg, in honor of the capital city of Imperial Russia. Demens also built the first hotel, the Detroit, and the first railroad depot in St. Petersburg in 1888, and is considered one of the founders of the city. Demens Landing was dedicated as a city park to honor Demens in 1977.

Florida Heritage Site.
Erected 2000 by Russian Heritage, Inc. and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-421.)
Location. 27° 46.217′ N, 82° 37.932′ W. Marker is in St. Petersburg, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is at the intersection of Bayshore Drive and 1st Ave SE, on the left when traveling north on Bayshore Drive. Click for map. Second Demen plaque near waterfront and two Bicentennial
Demens Landing Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lindsey M. Porter, February 2, 2013
2. Demens Landing Marker
The St. Petersburg Sailing Center can be seen on the left, the Salvador Dali Museum in the distant center.
tree plaques in the same park. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Petersburg FL 33701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pioneer Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stonewall Jackson Memorial Highway Terminus (about 300 feet away); Soreno Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); World Record (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peter Demens (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Petersburg Central Yacht Basin (approx. 0.3 miles away); The World's First Scheduled Airline (approx. 0.3 miles away); World's First Regularly Scheduled Commercial Airline (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Petersburg.
More about this marker. On the west end of the bridge into the Marina.
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
Demens Landing Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
3. Demens Landing Marker
Centennial tree plaque #1 Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
4. Centennial tree plaque #1
Centennial tree #1 Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
5. Centennial tree #1
Centennial tree plaque #2 Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
6. Centennial tree plaque #2
Centennial tree #2 Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
7. Centennial tree #2
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