- Temple Crest, Tampa, Florida
Temple Crest is a
neighborhoodand districtlocated in northeastern part of Tampa, Florida. The population was 8,621 at the 2000 census. [http://www.theplanningcommission.org/library/onlinelibrary/datafolder/census/00census/2000%20Population%20by%20Neighborhood.pdf]
Temple Crest boundaries include 30th Street to the west, Temple Terrace to the east, Busch Blvd. to the north, and the Hillsborough River to the south [http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/tampa/tcca/boundary.html] . Nearby attractions include Busch Gardens, a theme-park located immediately north of the neighborhood, and the
University of South Florida, whose campus is located less than two miles to the north.
The history of Temple Crest is still being researched.
However, New documents are being discovered that correct some of the information and add new historically factual information. Some of this new information shows that we were originally part of a large parcel of land, that included Temple Terrace, purchased by Mrs. Potter of Chicago in 1914. She transformed the area, all the way to Nebraska Avenue, into, at the time, the world's largest orange grove.
Where the Toland's fit into this picture is still somewhat fuzzy. They may have, in fact, owned some land in present day Temple Crest, but now we are fairly certain, not the large parcels stated in the Reckart history. The Potter land which was a huge forest preserve and orange grove was subdivided in the 1920's. Temple Crest did, then become a separately developed area that included Dreamland. We also know that Temple Crest was viewed, at the time, as a luxury development, on par with Temple Terrace.
In the 1950's, Temple Crest was annexed from the county to become part of the City of Tampa, Florida.
Now here is part of a history prepared by a resident:On October 13, 1914 Frances Toland sold part of the property to three investors. The property, which later became Temple Crest was originally named Dream Land Park, a planned housing subdivision.
On September 12, 1924, the land was sold to Florida Realty and Mortgage Company for $14,000 and the subdivision was re‑named Temple Crest. The subdivision remained in unincorporated Hillsborough County until it was annexed into Tampa in 1961. This information will be updated as it becomes available.
Temple Crest is served by
Hillsborough County Public Schools.
Neighborhoods in Tampa, Florida
* [http://www.templecrest.org Temple Crest Civic Association]
* [http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/tampa/tcca/ Temple Crest profile from "Neighborhood Link"]
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