Historic Markers Across Florida

Picnic Island

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County: Hillsborough
Waymark: None


During the Spanish-American War in 1898, Port Tampa was the port of embarkation for U.S. Troops going to Cuba to fight. An area known as Picnic Island was where the soldiers practiced close order drill and simple maneuvers while tented here. It also was a resort with parks, dance pavilion and bathing beach and where they enjoyed their off-duty hours. The original island was dredged in and became a part of the mainland. The present recreational complex is near the original site.

Erected by the Tampa Board of Realtors in cooperation with Tampa Historical Society 1978


City: Tampa, FL