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Pinellas Park in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Pioneering Pinellas Park

 
 
Pioneering Pinellas Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 17, 2013
1. Pioneering Pinellas Park Marker
Inscription. This area surrounding Pinellas Park's original train station has been a hub of activity since P.J. McDevitt arrived in 1909 to grow sugar cane. In 1912 one of Pinellas Park's pioneers, Walter Bender, built his home in the area now known as Davis Field. By 1927, Pinellas Park was thriving and another pioneering family, headed by Charles "Mac" Wiggins, arrived. Between them, the Bender and Wiggins clans provided the town with farmers, firefighters, a police chief, war veterans, and a relative by marriage who served as Florida's 32nd Governor. The Bender and Wiggins families were joined by marriage in 1954, and Paul and Shelia Bender remained in Pinellas Park to raise their own family and continue their ancestors' traditions of community service. Pinellas Park was incorporated as a City on June 19, 1959, and many more families have followed the examples of the Benders and Wigginses in helping Pinellas Park grow and thrive as the heart of Pinellas.
 
Erected by Pinellas Park, Florida.
 
Location. 27° 50.372′ N, 82° 42.77′ W. Marker is in Pinellas Park, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is at the intersection of 58th Street North and Park Boulevard North (Florida Route 694), on the right when traveling north on 58th
Pioneering Pinellas Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 17, 2013
2. Pioneering Pinellas Park Marker
Street North. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pinellas Park FL 33781, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Panfilo de Narvaez (approx. 4.3 miles away); St. Paul Catholic Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Bayflite 3 Crew (approx. 5.5 miles away); Stetson University College of Law (approx. 5.7 miles away); Lynching of John Evans (approx. 6.2 miles away but has been reported missing); S. H. Kress and Co. Building (approx. 6.5 miles away); Pinellas County Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.5 miles away); Brigadier General Thaddeus Kosciuszko (approx. 6.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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