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The historic former Aripeka Post Office on the Pasco County side of the town
Location of Aripeka in Hernando County and Pasco County, Florida.
|• Total||0.88 sq mi (2.28 km2)|
|• Land||0.82 sq mi (2.13 km2)|
|• Water||0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)|
|Elevation||5 ft (2 m)|
|• Density||375/sq mi (144.7/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0293914|
Aripeka is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in the U.S. state of Florida, along coast of the Gulf of Mexico at the border dividing Pasco and Hernando counties. The ZIP Code for the community is 34679. As of the 2010 census the population was 308.
Aripeka is located at Hernando Beach, Bayport, and Pine Island, Florida, Aripeka is surrounded by marshland, mostly within Hernando County. The Pasco-Hernando county line is located at the South Hammock Creek Bridge.on both sides of Hammock Creek, a small tidal inlet to the Gulf of Mexico. Similar in geophysical structure to
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The community of Gulf Key was settled in this area in 1873 and a post office by that name was established in 1883. The post office was known briefly as, "Argo". It was replaced by the Aripeka post office in 1895. Aripeka is named for an early nineteenth-century Seminole chief, who is thought to have lived nearby. The town was divided when Pasco County separated from Hernando County in 1887. The post office, which was originally in Hernando County, moved across the Pasco County line in 1921. According to the historical marker in the town, Babe Ruth visited Aripeka to fish. On June 3, 1993, the Pasco County Historic Preservation Committee dedicated the town a State Historic Site.
- James Rosenquist, an artist, maintained "a home, an office and studio space" during his later years.
The main road through Aripeka is County Road 595, named Aripeka Road in Pasco County and Osowaw Boulevard in Hernando County. This road was part of the original Dixie Highway and suffers frequent flooding in the heart of town due to its close proximity to the water. CR 595 leads southeast 1.8 miles (2.9 km) to U.S. Route 19 and northeast 4 miles (6 km), also to US 19.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Aripeka CDP, Florida". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
- "Aripeka". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
- Johnson, Ken (April 2, 2017). "James Rosenquist, Pop Art Pioneer, Dies at 83". New York Times. New York City. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
- Pasco County Pictures of Historical Markers (Aripeka)
- Origins of Place Names (History of Pasco County)
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