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Hillsborough River Ferry

— 1846~1888 —

 
 
Hillsborough River Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Hillsborough River Ferry Marker
Inscription. At the nearby junction of Jackson Street and the Hillsborough River was the east bank docking site of the Tampa Ferry, the only means of crossing the river in pioneer days. The ferry was an open deck, flat barge, hand pulled by means of a steel cable. It operated until 1888, when construction of the first bridge terminated its usefulness.

Appointed by the County Commissioners, the first ferryman was Thomas Piper, 1846; followed by Benjamin J. Hagler, 1848; Gen. Jesse Carter, 1854; Domenico Ghira, 1864; Jesse J. Hayden 1869.
 
Erected 1977 by Hillsborough County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 27° 56.82′ N, 82° 27.624′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on West Kennedy Boulevard (State Road 60) west of North Ashley Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker stands at the south entrance to Rivergate Tower in downtown Tampa, near the Kennedy Boulevard Bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 North Ashley Drive, Tampa FL 33602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gen. Robert E. Lee, C.S.A. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Technology • Power • Diversity (about
Hillsborough River Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 30, 2010
2. Hillsborough River Ferry Marker
Next to the steps at the entrance to Rivergate Tower
800 feet away); 400th Anniversary of the Landing of Panfilo de Narvaez (approx. 0.2 miles away); History in the Air (approx. 0.2 miles away); MacDill: 1950 to 2000 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lt. Col. Frank S. Adamo, M.D. (approx. 0.2 miles away); The War Years (approx. 0.2 miles away); Today at MacDill AFB (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
 
More about this marker. The marker is capped with the heraldic old Seal of Hillsborough County, Florida, which has since been retired and replaced with a non-heraldic seal.
 
Regarding Hillsborough River Ferry. The actual location of the ferry dock would have been one block south at the end of Jackson Street, upon which now stands a hotel.
 
Additional keywords. Rivergate Tower
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels
 
Hillsborough River Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 30, 2010
3. Hillsborough River Ferry Marker
Rivergate Tower sign image. Click for full size.
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4. Rivergate Tower sign
This sign, at the corner of Ashley and Kennedy, is just east of the Hillsborough River Ferry marker.
Rivergate Tower image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 30, 2010
5. Rivergate Tower
The marker is located opposite the side seen here. Due to the tower's shape, it is commonly referred to as the "beer can building".
Rivergate Tower and the Hillsborough River image. Click for full size.
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6. Rivergate Tower and the Hillsborough River
Seen from the Tampa Riverwalk
Kennedy Boulevard Bridge over the Hillsborough River image. Click for full size.
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7. Kennedy Boulevard Bridge over the Hillsborough River
Built long after the days of the ferry, the bridge features graffiti from various collegiate rowing tourneys.
Kennedy Boulevard Bridge Plaque image. Click for full size.
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8. Kennedy Boulevard Bridge Plaque
Erected 1913
by
Commissioners of Public Works
D.B. McKay, President
H.C. Mac Farlene       H.B. Snow
T.N. Henderson      P.Holtsinger
Boller, Hodge, Baird   Engineers
Edwards Construction Co., Contractors
Sunset over the Hillsborough River image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 30, 2010
9. Sunset over the Hillsborough River
Seen from the city park adjacent to Rivergate Tower
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 838 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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