Sulphur Springs (Tampa)
The Sulphur Springs Water Tower
|Elevation||16 ft (5 m)|
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The neighborhood is well known for the Sulphur Springs Water Tower, which was built in 1927. The community was annexed into Tampa in 1953. The neighborhood was once known for being a tourist attraction for the wealthy.
Another well-known landmark was the Sulphur Springs Hotel and Arcade, considered to be the first indoor shopping venue in the state of Florida. It was located at the intersection of Nebraska Avenue and Bird Street on the southwest corner encompassing an entire city block. Constructed from 1926 to 1927, the hotel was situated near the Hillsborough River and represents an excellent example of a resort recreation facility of early 20th century. The most distinguishing feature of the hotel was its first and second floor front arcade in classical style. Josiah T. Richardson was the original owner of the property.
In 1951 a drive-in theatre opened next to the Sulphur Springs Water Tower. The Tower Theatre was a popular drive-in that operated for nearly forty years and became another well-known Tampa landmark on property facing the Hillsborough River between Florida and Nebraska Avenue. The neon sign for the drive-in became another Tampa landmark and featured a “neon tower” that was designed after its nearby namesake.
Sulphur Springs is located at (28.02500, -82.45111), or about five miles north of downtown Tampa. The community has an elevation of 16 feet above sea level. Sulphur Springs boundaries include Rowlett Park to the east, Florida Avenue to the west, Busch Blvd. to the north, and the Hillsborough River to the south
In the neighborhood, the population is spread out with 44.02% under 19 years; 19.95% 20 to 35 years; 19.83% 35 to 49 years; 11.26% 50 to 66 years; and 4.94% 67 Years and Over.
- John V. Cinchett (2009). Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-6836-2.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Sulphur Springs Community Profile
- Sulphur Springs demographic profile from The Planning Commission
- Sulphur Springs - Ghost Town
- Sulphur Springs Oral History Project at the University of South Florida
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