St. Petersburg: The Sunshine City

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In the early 1900s, St. Petersburg, located on Florida's sunny Gulf Coast, was a place where dreams came true, where fortunes were won, and where thousands came to bask in the city's golden glow. "The Sunshine City" became its nickname and the advertising mantra that helped catapult St. Petersburg from a sleepy backwater of Tampa and a struggling rail stop to one of the nation's most popular tourist destinations. By the 1920s—often referred to as Florida's boom era—St. Petersburg saw fast and furious growth as the city's most significant institutions, buildings, and attractions came into being. Developers and promoters lured countless settlers and tourists from across the country by touting the city's many virtues and its perpetual sunshine. Almost overnight, St. Petersburg was transformed into a popular tourist mecca with a bustling downtown and waterfront, picturesque residential neighborhoods, lush parks and gardens, and the all the attractions of the day. This fascinating time was documented in both word and image by visitors, new residents, and the energetic players that made St. Petersburg boom.
ISBN: 9780738506913
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Telling the story of St. Petersburg during its glory years, local resident and writer R. Wayne Ayers has compiled vintage photographs, postcards, maps, and promotional materials that highlight this exciting time in the city's history. Drawing on the valuable resources of the Pinellas County and St. Petersburg Historical Societies, as well as an extensive personal collection, Ayers has created an entertaining and educational volume dedicated to the Sunshine City and its singular heritage.
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