Historic Markers Across Florida

Jules Verne Park

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Location: Interbay & Ballast Point Boulevards, near pier, Tampa, FL.
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 53.363    W 082° 28.884
  27.88938333    -82.4814
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1NYJ


Mrs. Chester W. Chapin, controlling owner of the company which operated the city´s first electric trolley cars, purchased these acres and in 1894 developed this site into a tropical park as terminal for her time.

She named it for the French writer Jules Verne (1814-1905) who in his famous novel "From the Earth to the Moon" first published in 1865, chose Tampa town as his launching site for the imaginary shot of his rocket to that planet near one hundred years ago.

Erected by Hillsborough County Historical Commission 1972


City: Tampa, FL