Site of Alderman's Ford

Site of Alderman's Ford (HM23IB)

Location: Plant City, FL 33567 Hillsborough County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 52.055', W 82° 8.263'

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First Crossing Point of the Alafia River in This Vicinity

In 1848, James Alderman settled near this site, a densely forested area, and cut down the steep banks of the Alafia River to make it easier for horses and wagons to ford it. The area became known as Alderman's Ford.

As the land to the south of the river became more settled and crossings increased, the area around the ford grew in popularity for meetings and socializing. Picnics were common here as early as 1888. In 1902 the site became the scene of political rallies. In an era before the growth of mass communications, many political careers were launched at the ford. For more than half a century the Democratic Party of Hillsborough County kicked off its campaigns by popping political fireworks at the park.
HM NumberHM23IB
Placed ByThe Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department with the cooperation of the Hillsborough County Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 387996 N 3083053
Decimal Degrees27.86758333, -82.13771667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 52.055', W 82° 8.263'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 52' 3.3" N, 82° 8' 15.78" W
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Area Code(s)813, 863
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Alderman Ford Park Dr, Plant City FL 33567, US
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