Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Tampa Union Station
Erected 2001 by Tampa Union Station Preservation and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-451.)
Location. 27° 57.145′ N, 82° 27.057′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on 601 Nebraska Ave (Florida Route 45) near E. Zack Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John T. Lesley Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Orange Grove Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); John Fitzgerald Kennedy (approx. 0.3 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hillsborough County's Confederate Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Memoria In Aeterna, 1911 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Central Avenue (approx. 0.3 miles away); Perry Harvey, Sr., Park Skateboard Bowl (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
Regarding Tampa Union Station.
Union Railroad Station (added 1974 - - #74000640)
601 N. Nebraska St. , Tampa
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: W.C. Hobbs Co., Leitner,J. F.
♦ Architectural Style: Other
♦ Area of Significance: Transportation, Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1900-1924
♦ Owner: Private , Local
♦ Historic Function: Transportation
♦ Historic Sub-function: Rail-Related
♦ Current Function: Transportation
♦ Current Sub-function: Rail-Related
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Tampa Union Station.
2. History of Seaboard Air Line Railway.
3. History of Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
4. History of Pasco County Florida Railroads.
1. Tampa and Gulf Coast
Seaboard acquired another Tampa firm in 1913: the Tampa & Gulf Coast Railroad. The latter traded its existence to the Gulf Pine Lumber Company, which had constructed a logging line from Lutz (on the Tampa Northern Railroad 15 miles north of Tampa), west to Lake Fern and Gulf Pine—where the firm's sawmill was located. After buying the firm, the Tampa & Gulf Coast extended rails beyond Gulf Pine to the sponge capital of Tarpon Springs.
In 1912, the Tampa & Gulf Coast Railroad absorbed the line of J. M. Weeks, which ran from Tarpon Springs to Port Richey. All these endeavors, however, strained the company's treasury. A year later, a reorganized railroad emerged with the Seaboard firmly in control.
2. Tampa Northern Railroad Co.
The Tampa Northern Railroad Co. was long on big plans. On May 14, 1906, it was incorporated to build a 500 mile line from Tampa, Florida to Atlanta, Georgia. On January 1, 1908 it began service over 46.56 miles from Tampa to Brooksville, Florida. On December 1, 1930, when it was leased to the Seaboard Air Line, with whom it connected, it was still the same length. Over the years, while extending its mainline no further, it did manage to build 20.52 miles of short branches, sidings, yards and other miscellaneous trackage.
The Tampa Northern's wealth lay in the fact that it owned significant real estate along the waterfront and in Tampa, originally planned for terminal and industrial facilities.
In December of 1946, The Seaboard Air Line acquired the Tampa Northern and merged it into its own operations.
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