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Leeds Tunnel. Source: Flickr "jcw1967"

Ybor Tunnels

The Ybor City smuggling tunnels are perhaps one of the greatest urban legends in Tampa, miles of tunnels underneath the city are rumored to have been used during the prohibition era to move liquor...

Jackson Rooming House | Photo © 2019 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Jackson Rooming House

  The building has a large number of supports to prevent it from collapsing The Jackson Rooming House located in Tampa began as a six-room cottage built by Moses and Sarah Jackson in 1901. Due to its...

Perfecto Garcia Cigar Factory | Photo © 2018 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Perfecto Garcia Brothers Cigar Factory

The Perfecto Garcia Brothers cigar factory, 1936. Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System The Perfecto Garcia Brothers cigar company was established in Ybor City in 1905 by four Garcia...

Samuel I. Davis Cigar Factory | Photo © 2016 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Samuel I. Davis Cigar Factory

  Postcard depicting the Samuel I. Davis Cigar Factory. It should be noted that the spelling of Davis’ name differs between advertisements and historical documents as some spell it Samuel I...

Old Amazon Hose and Rubber Co. Warehouse | Photo © 2012 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Old Amazon Hose and Rubber Co. Warehouse

According to the company website: “Rubber hoses made back in the early 1900s were comprised of pure gum rubber tapped from the Amazonian trees, which often grow more than 100 feet high. The...

Balbin Brothers Cigar Factory | Photo © 2016 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

Balbin Brothers Cigar Factory

  1915 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for Tampa, Florida. Library of Congress The story of West Tampa’s former Balbin Brothers Cigar Factory dates back to 1904 when the three-story brick Romanesque...

V. Guerra, Diaz & Company | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

V. Guerra, Diaz Cigar Company

V. Guerra and Diaz Company, 1939. Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System Later known as the V. Guerreri Cigar Factory, this three-story 27,462 square foot cigar factory located at 201...

S.H. Kress and Co. Building | Photo © 2011 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com

S.H. Kress and Co. Building

S. H. Kress & Co. was a chain of “five and dime” department stores in various parts of the United States, which began operations in 1896. Five and dime stores were the original dollar...

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Old Union Depot Hotel

  The Depot Union Hotel was for sale for years but never attracted any buyers to try and restore it, 2008. Photo by Bill Rogers The Union Hotel and Cafe, better known as the Old Union Depot Hotel...

Toonas - Photo by 808shirts, 2014

Best Economy Inn and Toonas Sports Grill

Photo Credit: 808shirts, 2014 – Best Economy Inn was located at 1701 E Busch Blvd. Built in 1974, it initially opened as the Econo Lodge Busch Gardens Tampa, located at 1701 E Busch Blvd...

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Port of Tampa Cattle Docks

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Florida State Library Archives, 1920s – Cattle in the Tampa area The old cattle docks sit abandoned on the Port of Tampa Property and access can only be granted...

'Big Easy' Riverboat Casino | Photo by Mike Woodfin, 2011

‘Big Easy’ Riverboat Casino

Photo Credit: unprose, 2008 – At the time of this photo, the “Big Easy” was staying at the Port of St. Petersburg. First acquired in 2004 by the now-defunct Palm Beach Casino Line...

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