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Historical Marker Dedicated to the Rough Riders

Historical Marker Dedicated to the Rough Riders

This historical marker reads: "The Rough Riders Passed By Here. On June 3, 1898, when Tampa was a cluster of old weather beaten houses floating on an ocean of sand, Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders disembarked from their seven train convoy in Ybor City, five miles from Tampa City Hall. They commandeered some wagons, and moved men, material and animals, through this intersection to their encampment on the Tampa Bay Hotel Road, about one mile west of the river. The Rough Riders who "could whip Caeser's Tenth Legion," brought enduring fame to Tampa." (Erected by the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment-Rough Riders, INC., Historical Committee, Dr. Jas W. Covington, Tony Pizzo, and Hampton Dunn). The embarkation site in Tampa was most likely chosen due to Tampa developer Henry Plant's connections within the war department. During this period in which many soldiers were stationed in Tampa, the local economy flourished. While leaving Tampa, many of the troops and their horses had to be left behind because there was not enough room to transport them. Because they were forced to leave their horses in Tampa, they landed in Daiquiri. Cuba and fought on foot. In the Battle of Las Guasimas, the Rough Riders forced the Spanish to retreat. The Rough Riders have been made infamous through Wild West shows and legends.
Galleries: Hillsborough, Spanish-American War, Tampa
Keywords: downtown, florida, historical marker, rough riders, tampa
Photo Location: Tampa, FL
Photographer: Dr. Roy Winkelman
Date of Photo: 01/06/2006
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon PowerShot A95
Exposure Time: 1/60
F Number: 49/10
Original Dimensions: 2184×1896
Picture Orientation: Landscape
GPS Coordinates: 27°56'50"N 82°27'31"W
Picture Number: 13793