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

Rattlesnake Curve

 
 
Rattlesnake Curve Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 15, 2019
1. Rattlesnake Curve Marker
Inscription.  When in the early 1900s the St. Petersburg and Gulf Electric Railway Company planed their streetcar line to connect with the Gulf beaches, they first had to determine a termination point where boats could meet the trolleys to carry passengers across Boca Ciega Bay. A party led by Walter Williams, after whose family the Gulfport pier is named, set out to survey the coastline. They found the most suitable location to be a site just west of the small settlement of Disston City, as Gulfport was then known. Due north of that point, the car line would make a sharp right turn back to St. Petersburg, which became this curve. The tracks were laid along a route of sand and streamlets, almost impassible thickets of scrub palmetto, and low-lying wet ground with many wild inhabitants. Rattlesnakes were a particular danger. The area was infested with them as late as the 1940s, when the Gulfport Fire Department periodically burned off large tracts of land to destroy the nests proliferating so close to Gulfport Elementary School.
 
Erected 2014 by City of Gulfport.
 
Location.
Rattlesnake Curve Marker in park image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, June 15, 2019
2. Rattlesnake Curve Marker in park
27° 45.123′ N, 82° 42.399′ W. Marker is in Gulfport, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is at the intersection of 54th Street South and Tangerine Avenue South, on the left when traveling north on 54th Street South. Marker is in Tomilson Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Petersburg FL 33707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stetson University College of Law (approx. 0.8 miles away); Al Lang Memorial Stadium for Little League Baseball (was approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Gulfport Casino (approx. one mile away); St. Bartholomew's Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Panfilo de Narvaez (approx. 3.8 miles away); First Mass in Florida (approx. 3.8 miles away); First Settlement and Post Office (approx. 4.2 miles away); St. Paul Catholic Church (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gulfport.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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