Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Rough Riders Encampment ~
The Rough Riders (1st U. S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment), 1200 strong - included cowboys, Indians, polo players, ranchers, hunters, socialites, lawmen, trappers, et al. This hodge podge group left Tampa to fight in the hills of Cuba for their belief that "All Men Should Be Free." Teddy and his horsemen became a legend in their own time.
Erected by the 1st U. S. Cavalry Regiment Rough Riders, Inc.
Location. 27° 56.931′ N, 82° 28.988′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on North Howard Avenue north of West Gray Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located in front of the Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory. Marker is at or near this postal address: 522 North Howard Avenue, Tampa FL 33606, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Beginning of the Cigar Industry in West Tampa (approx. 0.6 miles away); The West Tampa Boys Club (approx. 0.6 miles away); Academy of The Holy Names Dobyville (approx. 0.8 miles away); Centro Espańol de West Tampa (approx. 0.9 miles away); Plant Field (approx. 0.9 miles away); Alfred Reuben Swann (approx. one mile away); Old Hyde Park (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
More about this marker. The marker is capped with the seal of the Tampa Historical Society.
Regarding Rough Riders Encampment ~. The Rough Riders were a small subset of the roughly 30,000 U.S. troops who came to Tampa and made it their base from which to group, plan, and prepare for the Spanish-American war. When the time came, the troops were sent to Cuba on ships embarking from Port Tampa, at the southern terminus of Henry B. Plant's railroad system.
While much of the 1,200-strong Rough Riders regiment camped here at the site of this historical marker, Col. Roosevelt and some general officers enjoyed the comfort and elegance of Plant's Tampa Bay Hotel, across from downtown along the Hillsborough River (now the H. B. Plant Museum, University of Tampa, and a National Historic Landmark).
Named for a prominent Tampa citizen who served in the Army during World War I and went on to become a Lt. Colonel with the Florida National Guard, Fort Homer Hesterly was an active National Guard facility until 2005, when the 116th Field Artillery Battalion was relocated to a site in neighboring Pinellas County. Since that time, various plans have been mentioned for repurposing the site, though none have come to fruition.
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Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Spanish-American •
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