Historic Markers Across Florida

Franklin C. Armstrong

Marker ID:  
Location: on Bayshore Dr., west of US 19
County: Manatee
Coordinates: N 27° 34.228    W 082° 34.510
  27.57046666    -82.57516666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM600C


A director of the Independent Line of Steamships circa 1890, his deep-water pier at this site loaded all area citrus/vegetable produce for tampa market. At the pier base on pilings stood his large store/office building. The upland 7.5 acres, the Leenard Place, predated to the era of Madam Joe Atzroth. Later, as a director of the Seaboard Airline Railroad, he constructed the first large packinghouse/depot on east Terra Ceia, spawning 8 others. Daily shipments went to hs agents in New York and Philidelphia. His support aided many starting farmers. He became the largest freeholder in Manatee County.