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Peter Demens

 
 
Peter Demens Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
1. Peter Demens Marker
Inscription.
In honor of
Peter Demens
(Dementieff)
the founder of
St. Petersburg in 1888
Erected by
Congress of Russian Americans
1979

 
Erected 1979 by the Congress of Russian Americans.
 
Location. 27° 46.173′ N, 82° 37.715′ W. Marker is in St. Petersburg, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker can be reached from 1st Avenue SE. Click for map. Marker is in Demens Landing 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. Demens Landing (approx. 0.2 miles away); World Record (approx. mile away); Stonewall Jackson Memorial Highway Terminus (approx. mile away); World's First Regularly Scheduled Commercial Airline (approx. mile away); The World's First Scheduled Airline (approx. mile away); Pioneer Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Petersburg Central Yacht Basin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Soreno Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. Nice boulder with plaque near the waterfront. New boat docks are being constructed in 2007-8, somewhat detracting from the scenic view.
 
Regarding Peter Demens.
Peter Demens Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
2. Peter Demens Marker
Peter Demens was born to a wealthy family in the Tver Oblast of Russia. Demens was a well educated aristocrat who was also liberal-minded. He became a member of the Imperial Guard and later became outspoken about the Czarist regime. He left Russia following the assassination of Czar Alexander II in 1881.

After settling in the United States he changed his name to Peter Demens. He lived in New York briefly before moving to Florida and entering the lumber business. In 1885 Demens was supplying railroad ties to the Orange Belt Railway when he took over their charter because they couldn't pay him. After securing three financial partners, Demens completed the link between the lower St. Johns River and Lake Apopka. Demens then extended the Orange Belt Railway 120 miles to the Pinellas Peninsula with the help of Hamilton Disston. On June 8, 1888 the first train pulled into the terminus in southern Pinellas county with 1 passenger. The area had no official name and no real streets or sidewalks. Demens named the location of his terminus St. Petersburg, Florida after Saint Petersburg, Russia where he had spent half his youth.

Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Demens)
 
Also see . . .  St. Petersburg Through the Centuries entry for Peter Demens. (Submitted on January 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,330 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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