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Ybor City in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

First Citizen

 
 
First Citizen Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, 1991
1. First Citizen Marker
Inscription.  The first citizen of Ybor City was Gavino Gutierrez, Spanish civil engineer.

Gutierrez investigated the area in 1884 as a site for a guava processing plant. The guava plant was never erected, but on the strength of Gutierrez recommendations his friends, Vicente Martinez Ybor and Ignacio Haya, brought the clear Havana cigar industry to Tampa. Gutierrez surveyed and platted what is now Ybor City and located his estate of Spanish Park on this spot. In later years it became the site of a restaurant and scene of many fiestas.
 
Erected by Rotary Club of Ybor City-Spanish Park Restaurant.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic AmericansIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 27° 57.605′ N, 82° 25.224′ W. Marker was in Ybor City, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker was on East 7th Avenue just east of North 35th Street, on the right when
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traveling east. Marker formerly sat in front of the Spanish Park Restaurant which has since been demolished. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Tampa FL 33605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Gary (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Tobacco War (approx. half a mile away); Giunta Homestead and Farm (approx. ¾ mile away); Most Holy Name (approx. ¾ mile away); Columbia Restaurant (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Rough Riders Rode By Here (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Coming of the Italians (approx. 0.9 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 12 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on February 12, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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