New Port Richey, Florida, like many cities between Jacksonville and Tampa, can thank Henry Plant’s 1885 railroad for its phenomenal growth. Thirty-five miles northwest of Tampa, in West Pasco County, New Port Richey eventually hosted its own railway connection right through downtown. City planners constructed the community in a grid, naming north-south streets after Presidents and east-west streets after states. The arrival of the U.S. Post Office in 1915 confirmed this city’s importance and put New Port Richey on the map. Hotels, banks, and businesses sprang up in the downtown area to serve those who came in search of a better life. Fishing on the Pithlachascotee River and in the Gulf of Mexico attracted many visitors, as did the construction of golf courses. Businessmen then and now recognized that this area had “that special something” to catch the attention and the hearts of people from all states north of Florida.
Adam J. Carozza is a member of the West Pasco Historical Society and the Florida Historical Society,with a commitment to sharing the past in Images of America: New Port Richey. His passion for New Port Richey’s history complements over 200 vintage photographs to chart the rise of this unique
west-central Florida city.
Tampa Bay area Locations:
Progress Energy Art Gallery (Grand Blvd. just south of Main St.727-842-8066)
West Pasco Historical Society, Museum & Library (Friday & Saturday: 1:00-4:00 pm 727-847-0680)
Waldenbooks (Gulf View Square Mall & throughout the Tampa Bay area)
Walgreens Drugstore (US 19 & Main St.)
Books-A-Million (U.S. 19 Port Richey)
Barnes & Noble (Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg)
Bayboro Books at University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus (727-821-5477)
USF St. Petersburg Bookstore (727-553-1173)
Now available: Barnes & Noble at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel
Author: ADAM J. CAROZZA.
Format: TRADE PAPERBACK.
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing Series: IMAGES OF AMERICA
State: Florida. Released: July 7, 2004 Price: $19.99
Visit Arcadia Publishing Website 1-888-313-2665
Email Author: Adam J. Carozza