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

Alfred Reuben Swann

(1843-1926)

 
 
Alfred Reuben Swann Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 25, 2013
1. Alfred Reuben Swann Marker
Inscription.    Alfred Reuben Swann was born and raised in Tennessee. After wintering in Tampa, he foresaw a bright future for the community. In 1905, he began living in Tampa much of the year and became a major figure in the city's residential and commercial development. Swann and Eugene Holtsinger, a fellow Tennessean, developed a large residential subdivision on Hillsborough Bay named Suburb Beautiful. Their Bayshore Boulevard development featured a seawall and a roadway between the residences and the bay, giving Tampa its beautiful scenic drive.    Swann envisioned Tampa as a major American city. Realizing that Tampa required more extensive port facilities, he purchased the marshland south of Ybor City known as the Estuary. In 1910, Congress appropriated funds to develop Ybor Channel and other port projects that contributed to Tampa's commercial growth. His business, the Swann Terminal Company, played a vital role in the port's development.    In addition to his involvement in Tampa, Swann owned extensive citrus groves in Florence Villa in central Florida and timber interests in other parts of the state.    Leaders such as Colonel Alfred Reuben Swann
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helped to make Tampa what it is today, the center of a major metropolitan area.
 
Erected 2006 by The Swann Family.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
 
Location. 27° 56.232′ N, 82° 28.48′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of South Oregon Avenue and West Swann Avenue., on the left when traveling south on South Oregon Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33606, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Hyde Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hyde Park's Bungalow Terrace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kate Jackson Recreation Center (approx. ¼ mile away); Woodrow Wilson Junior High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Gordon Burnett (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dobyville (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Rough Riders Procure a Coal Train (approx. half a mile away); Spanishtown Creek (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
Alfred Reuben Swann Marker at the intersection of South Oregon Avenue and West Swann Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 25, 2013
2. Alfred Reuben Swann Marker at the intersection of South Oregon Avenue and West Swann Avenue
Alfred Reuben Swann Marker on West Swann Avenue looking west image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 25, 2013
3. Alfred Reuben Swann Marker on West Swann Avenue looking west
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 858 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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