Henry B. Plant Tour

Tour curated by: The Tampa Historical Team, especially Shana Michaud

The railroad magnate, Henry B. Plant, opened the Tampa Bay area up to the rest of the United States, thereby helping to make it the influential and prosperous place it is today. The Plant System laid the foundation for the development of Tampa as a port city and a tourist destination. This tour displays the lasting vision and influence Plant had for the city of Tampa.

With Special Thanks to the Henry B. Pant Museum
http://www.plantmuseum.com/

Locations for Tour

Henry B. Plant was named the “King of Florida” in Success magazine in 1898 because of the growth and prosperity he brought to the state of Florida. The outbreak of the Civil War provided Plant with an opportunity to buy out the southern…

A group called The Friends of Plant Park works to restore and maintain the park that was once the grounds and gardens of the former Tampa Bay Hotel. For example, the remarkable De Soto Oak that stands just at the edge of Plant Park, close to…

The Port of Tampa has come to find worldwide recognition as an important port for commerce and trade. Yet, the Port of Tampa we know today is not the original Port of Tampa. The creation of the original Port Tampa can be traced back to the…