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Tampa Bay Hotel


Tampa Bay Hotel Marker ,Tampa FL.

The Tampa Bay Hotel was built by railroad magnate Henry B. Plant at a cost of over 2.5 million dollars. It was considered the premier hotel of the eight that Mr. Plant built to anchor his rail line. The hotel itself covers 6 acres (24,000 square meters) and is a quarter-mile long.

This marker is located at the University of Tampa.

The text reads as :

" On June 14, 1898, Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt and the First United States Volunteer Cavalry, known as Rough Riders, embarked from Port Tampa for victory in the Spanish-American War. The Tampa Bay Hotel was used as headquarters for general officers who came to organize an invasion force for Cuba and it gained national attention. Lt. Col. Roosevelt and his wife, Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, were hotel guests for a brief stay. Later, Colonel Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States of America 1901-1909."

Sponsored or placed by: National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century Edmund Sheffield Chapter

Latitude, Longitude

27.94680000, -82.46393333

Rights Statement


Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Tampa Bay Hotel Marker; Tampa Bay Hotel; Henry B. Plant; Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt; Hillsborough County (Fl.); Historical marker --- Florida --- Tampa.


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