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31 October 2008

Florida Factoid Friday

Ybor City was once known as the Cigar Capital of the World
with nearly 12,000 tabaqueros (cigar-makers) employed in 200 factories.
At the industry's peak, Ybor produced an estimated 700 million cigars a year.


TROLL said...

Great old-timey photos. Last time I was there, 20 years ago, there were still cigar factories.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That's a great name for a town. Its name alone makes me want to visit.

Meems @HoeandShovel said...

Oh, I have some great growing-up memories of the way it used to be in Ybor City. It's comical to hear folks pronounce it 100 different ways, too.

Many of the old factories/buildings are still in place. Sadly, some sit vacant and deteriorating while others have been refurbished and occupied by businesses, shops, and restaurants. They are wonderful old buildings with architectural features not seen anymore in these parts.

Ybor City is still a wonderfully quaint part of Tampa... if you visit during the day. :-)