Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

The Cherokee Club

"El Pasaje"

 

— 1888 —

 
The Cherokee Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. The Cherokee Club Marker
Inscription.  The second brick building erected in Ybor City. The Cherokee Club was a popular rendezvous for the elite in the 1890's. Later became known as El Pasaje Restaurant. Its fame spread throughout the Americas.

Jose Marti slept here on his first trip, Nov.25, 1891. Before retiring he said, "I feel happy amongst warriors..." Others who came here were: Col. "Teddy" Roosevelt, Pres. Grover Cleveland, Sir Winston Churchill, Gen. Leonard Wood and Frederick Remington. From 1890 to 1935 all Governors of Florida were feted here.
 
Erected 1962 by Ybor City Alcalde Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksNotable BuildingsNotable Places. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #22 and #24 Grover Cleveland, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series lists.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 27° 57.706′ N, 82° 26.666′ W. Marker was in Tampa
The Cherokee Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 13, 2008
2. The Cherokee Club Marker
, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker was on 9th Avenue near 14th Street. Located in Ybor City Historic District of Tampa. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1915 14th St, 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. Founding of the Cigar Industry in Tampa (a few steps from this marker); José Martí (within shouting distance of this marker); Attempt On The Life Of Jose Marti (within shouting distance of this marker); El Circulo Cubano (within shouting distance of this marker); La Liga Patriotica de Instruccion (within shouting distance of this marker); Ybor City's First Fire Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); El Chino — Pajarito Restaurant (about 300 feet away); “Cuba” (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
Regarding The Cherokee Club. Erected in 1886-88 with money donated by Vicente Ybor. It was popular with the elite and famous visitors. Jose Marti slept here on November 25, 1891. The Cherokee Club upstairs was founded in 1895 to promote social intercourse among its members, including many prominent Tampa businessmen and cigar manufacturers. Included in the building were a hotel and gambling casino.

Also in a portion of this building was a store known at times as the Ike Weiss Department Store, the Sunshine Department Store, and Manuel Liebovitz
The Cherokee Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 13, 2008
3. The Cherokee Club Marker
& Sons. It was one of more than 30 Jewish businesses which were operating in Ybor City by 1920.

The building has an Eclectic style with Italian Renaissance elements, and is modeled after an Italian Renaissance villa. It later was the home of Cafe Creole and the El Pasaje Club. This building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 15, 1972.
 
Also see . . .
1. El Pasaje , Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on January 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. José Martí historical marker outside Ybor building is wrong. Tampa Tribune article (05/15/2015) noting that construction date on the marker for the building (1888) is probably wrong, and that Marti almost certainly did not spend the night at this spot. (Submitted on June 2, 2015.) 
 
The Cherokee Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. The Cherokee Club Marker
Located at the corner of 9th Ave. and 14th St.
The Cherokee Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
5. The Cherokee Club Marker
It later was the home of Cafe Creole ( wall mounted sign ) and the El Pasaje Club.
El Pasaje Cafe Window image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 13, 2010
6. El Pasaje Cafe Window
Located street level, near the corner along 9th Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,200 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on July 2, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on July 14, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement
Aug. 10, 2020