Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Quick Peek at Ybor

When I go around Florida, I am always on a lookout for historic places.  One of the places I've recently been to is Ybor City, designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark District.

Ybor, considered as Florida's first industrial town, was founded in 1886 by cigar manufacturers and populated mainly by immigrants from Spain, Cuba and Italy. 

It was an early Sunday morning when I went around Ybor City.  As expected, the streets were quiet and most of the areas were empty.

First stop was the Ybor City Museum State Park.  The building used to house Ferlita Bakery, known for producing the popular cuban bread. 

Going down memory lane:

Across the street is a park where monuments of those who contributed to the growth of Ybor, Tampa, and Florida, in general, can be found.

It is on this street where you can find the famous Columbia Restaurant.

Columbia Restaurant is Florida's oldest restaurant and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.



It looks unassuming from the outside but the interiors are grand and through the years, it's patrons include the nation's Who's Who.

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