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Historical Marker Dedicated to Capt. James McKay, I

Historical Marker Dedicated to Capt. James McKay, I

This historical marker reads: "Capt. James McKay, I (1808-1876). 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 Calvary" to protect cattle drivers headed for the war-front." (Tampa Historical Society)
Galleries: Florida Tourist Attractions, Hillsborough
Keywords: capt. james mckay i, downtown, florida, historical marker, 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: 28/10
Original Dimensions: 2020×1800
Picture Orientation: Landscape
GPS Coordinates: 27°56'50"N 82°27'31"W
Picture Number: 13795