Historic Markers Across Florida

Capt. James McKay, I (1808-1876)

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Location: on grounds of City Center, Franklin and Jackson Streets, Tampa, FL.
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 56.805    W 082° 27.455
  27.94675    -82.45758333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2A5J


On this site after the devastating hurricane of 1848, McKay, a native of Scotland, built his first permanent home of finished lumber from Mobile, Ala. Here, with his wife Matilda, they raised their children. McKay was a dominant factor in the upbuilding of Tampa in pioneer times. His shipping lines established the first commercial connection with the outside world. In 1848, he built a courthouse; in 1858, opened the first cattle trade with Cuba, and in 1859, was elected Mayor.

During the Civil War, with his sidewheeler, the Scottish Chief, he became one of Florida´s most active blockade-runners; also formed the "Cowboy Cavalry" to protect cattle drives headed for the war-front.

Erected by Tampa Historical Society


City: Tampa, FL