Unincorporated Hillsborough County

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Historical Documents

  • Balm Community History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey report; brief historical account of the settlement of Balm including how the community was named in 1902 to 1998, when this article was written.
  • Bealsville History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey report; describes the origins of a community settled after the Civil War south of Plant City which is now known as East Hillsborough.
  • Bloomingdale History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey report; historical account of how the area known as Bloomingdale was started & what the area was like in its early days.
  • Boyette Community History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey report; description of the settlement of Boyette which was originally known as Fish Hawk.
  • Branchton Community History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey Report; description of a community at one time called Branchton located in northeast Hillsborough County, just south of the Pasco County line on Morris Bridge Road near Indian Creek.
  • Brandon (New Hope) Community History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey report, describing the history of Brandon, originally called New Hope, from 1857 until modern times.
  • Carrollwood/Lake Magdalene Area History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; account of the settlement of the area around Lake Magdalene in present day Carrollwood.
  • Citrus Park Community History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; account of the settlement and history of Citrus Park, located in northwestern Hillsborough County.
  • Concise Natural History of East and West Florida, A - This 1775 document from Bernard Romans, an earlier explorer of Florida, describes the indigenous people that he encountered and the environments in which they lived.
  • Coronet Community History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; history of the Coronet area, located approximately five miles southeast of Plant City along County Road 574A, called Coronet after the Coronet Phosphate Company in the early 20th century.
  • Dover Area History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; history of Dover, a community in East Hillsborough that was populated by some of the same residents that originally settled the Brandon area in the 1800s.
  • Florida Cigars: Artistry, Labor, and Politics in Florida's Oldest Industry - A collection of historic photographs highlighting the cigar industry in Tampa and throughout Florida, each with explanatory text.
  • Florida Historical Markers Programs – Marker: Hillsborough - List of historical markers in Hillsborough County, including Plant City, Tampa, Ruskin & Ybor City. For each marker, location, city and description is given.
  • Fort Lonesome Area History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; history of the area around Balm/Wimauma and Lithia that was known as Fort Lonesome, including the myths behind the name.
  • Gibsonton Community History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; historic account of the Gibsonton community from its origins as a "carnival" community to its present day population.
  • Gulf City History (Ruskin) - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; describes the early history of a community that once was settled at the tip of the Little Manatee River in what is now known as Ruskin.
  • Harney Area History (Thonotosassa/Knights/Antioch) - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; history of a small, vanished community that was located in what is today Thonotosassa and Knights/Antioch.
  • Hillsborough County History - A one-page history of Hillsborough County.
  • Hopewell (Callsville) Area History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; description of now-vanished communities in Eastern Hillsborough that were established beginning in the mid-1800s.
  • Keysville Area History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; historical description of an area along the Alafia River that is now known as Fish Hawk.
  • Lake Fern Area History (Keystone/Lutz) - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; description of the area that used to be known as Lake Fern which is now called Keystone and Lutz.
  • Lillibridge Area History - Excerpt from Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; describes an area populated at first in the late 1800s hitting its peak when the Coronet Phosphate Company came to the area.
  • Lithia Area History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; historical description of how Lithia was settled & how its developed over the years.
  • Lutz Area History - Excerpt from Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; account of how Lutz was named & developed over the years from the late 1800s to it being a bedroom community in the present day.
  • Mango Community History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey report describing how the community of Mango was established in the 1800s.
  • Peru Settlement History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; account of the settlement of Peru which is now part of Riverview.
  • Picnic Area History - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey; describes an area in southeast Hillsborough County that was settled by a few families who enjoyed farming, and the impact of Coronet Phosphate Company on the area.
  • Riverview - Alafia River and Six Mile Creek - Historic Resource - Historical account of the community called Riverview from its settlement in 1891 to the present day.
  • Ruskin - Little Manatee River and Marsh Branch - Historic Resource - Historic description of when & why Ruskin was settled.
  • Seffner - Lake Hooker, Lake Thonotosassa and Lake Weeks - Excerpt from the Hillsborough County Historical Resources Survey report (1998), describing the history of the Seffner area.
  • Springhead - English Creek - Historic Resource Survey Report - Historic description of the development of a community in Eastern Hillsborough County called Springhead which still sees a farming community that played a major role in its birth.
  • Sun City (Ross) - Little Manatee River - Historical account of the area south of Ruskin called Sun City, formerly known as Ross, & how it developed over the years to a sparsely populated farming community to a mainly retirement community with mobile homes & RVs.
  • Thonotosassa - Lake Thonotosassa, Baker Creek, Campbell Branch and Flint Creek - Historic Resource - Description of the settlement of Thonotosassa before the Second Seminole War in 1842 & history of how it grew into a lake community for Tampa commuters to enjoy in modern day.
  • Turkey Creek - Historical Resource Survey Report - Provides historic account of the settlement of the area around what is known as Turkey Creek in East Hillsborough County from 1875 to present day focusing on how the school system in the community changed over the years.
  • University of South Florida, History and Traditions - The University of South Florida was founded in 1956. These pages recount its major milestones and list its traditions and annual celebrations.
  • Wimauma - Lake Wimauma and Gully Branch - Historic Resource - Description of how the community of Wimauma was named & settled in the late 1880s through to its changes, including it once being a municipality. But after the government collasped, it remained an unicorporated community in Hillsborough County.
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