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Published: February 28th 2015
Plant Tampa Bay Hotel
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Tampa Bay Hotel
Quote "Very well, gentlemen, if you do not agree with me that the hotel will benefit the railroad and the community, I will build it as a personal investment."– Plant to his business associates, 1887
When you're building a railroad to nowhere...how do you make the journey worthwhile?
You’re heard the legends; the truth is better Henry
If you enjoy history do not miss, this read both links about hotel. It has really great gift shop. This hotel was way ahead of it time in 1891. They wanted people to come and they did. A lot of great people stayed here.
Tampa Bay Hotel
In 1891, Henry B. Plant
built a lavish 500+ room, quarter-mile (400 m) long, US$
2.5 million eclectic/Moorish Revival
-style luxury resort hotel called the Tampa Bay Hotel
among 150 acres (0.61 km2
) of manicured gardens along the banks of the Hillsborough River
. Plant's resort featured a race track, a heated indoor pool, a golf course, a 2000-seat auditorium, tennis courts, stables, hunting and fishing tours, and electric lights and telephones in every room, plus the first elevator in town and exotic
art collectibles which Plant had shipped in from around the world.
The Tampa Bay Hotel was relatively prosperous for about a decade. The resort hosted thousands of guests and many celebrities of the era, but was only filled to capacity during the Spanish-American War
(see below). Henry Plant died in 1899, and his heirs sold the facilities to the city of Tampa in 1904. The city operated the hotel and used the grounds as a community gathering place until 1932, when the resort was closed, remodeled, and reopened as the University of Tampa
a year later.
Tampa Bay Hotel http://plantmuseum.com
Book Henry Plant Pioneer Empire Builder Kelly Reynolds Video/ Photos more location
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