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St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Demens Landing

 
 
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By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
1. Demens Landing Marker
Inscription. This city park is located on the site of the first railroad pier in St. Petersburg, built by Peter Demens in 1889. Peter Demens (pronounced de-MENS) was a Russian nobleman, Pyotr Dementyev, who left Russia in 1881, came to Florida, and changed his name to Demens. He became an entrepreneur, investing in a sawmill and a construction company in Longwood, Florida. Later he took control of the Orange Belt Railroad, which he extended from Sanford, Florida to the west coast of Florida in 1888, to a town he had named St. Petersburg, in honor of the capital city of Imperial Russia. Demens also built the first hotel, the Detroit, and the first railroad depot in St. Petersburg in 1888, and is considered one of the founders of the city. Demens Landing was dedicated as a city park to honor Demens in 1977.

Florida Heritage Site.
 
Erected 2000 by Russian Heritage, Inc. and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-421.)
 
Location. 27° 46.217′ N, 82° 37.932′ W. Marker is in St. Petersburg, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is at the intersection of Bayshore Drive and 1st Ave SE, on the left when traveling north on Bayshore Drive. Touch for map. Second Demen plaque near waterfront and two Bicentennial
Demens Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lindsey M. Porter, February 2, 2013
2. Demens Landing Marker
The St. Petersburg Sailing Center can be seen on the left, the Salvador Dali Museum in the distant center.
tree plaques in the same 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. Pioneer Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stonewall Jackson Memorial Highway Terminus (was about 300 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ); Soreno Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); World Record (approx. ¼ mile away); Peter Demens (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Petersburg Central Yacht Basin (approx. 0.3 miles away); The World's First Scheduled Airline (approx. 0.3 miles away); World's First Regularly Scheduled Commercial Airline (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. On the west end of the bridge into the Marina.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Demens Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
3. Demens Landing Marker
Russian Centennial Tree marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
4. Russian Centennial Tree marker
Saint Petersburg Florida Centennial 1988
Russian Centennial Tree
Dedicated on April 8, 1988
in honor of the
St. Petersburg Centennial
by the National Council
on American-Soviet Friendship.
Russian Centennial Tree and marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
5. Russian Centennial Tree and marker
Centennial Oak Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
6. Centennial Oak Tree Marker
Saint Petersburg Florida Centennial 1988
Centennial Oak Tree
Dedicated on June 8, 1988
in honor of the
St. Petersburg Centennial Committee
C. W. McKee, Jr. President ∙ Tom Gregory Vice President ∙ Mary Grube Secretary ∙ Mary Wyatt Allen President, Centennial Activities Council ∙ David Carr History Coordinator ∙ Eric Petersen Arts Coordinator ∙ Jocelyn White Newsletter Editor ∙ Kay W. Daly Coordinator ∙ Kristin Brett ∙ Bethia Caffery ∙ Chuck Fisher ∙ Rick Fleck ∙ Corinne Freeman ∙ Paul Getting ∙ Watson Haynes ∙ hazel Hough ∙ David Knowlton ∙ Donal MacTavish ∙ Paul McRae ∙ Lee Metzger ∙ Connie Smith ∙ Barbara Todd ∙ Tom Todd ∙ Trevor White
Centennial Oak Tree and marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, January 5, 2008
7. Centennial Oak Tree and marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 6,070 times since then and 178 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 10, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida.   2. submitted on February 2, 2013, by Lindsey M. Porter of St. Petersburg, Florida.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 10, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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