A Brief History
Today, a walk down 7th Avenue is truly a walk through the history of Ybor City. Now known as Tampa's National Historic Landmark District, Ybor City in the 1880s was a melting pot of immigrants from Spain, Cuba, Germany and Italy and home to some of the world's most famous cigar factories. In the history of Ybor City, most early Ybor City residents made their living from cigar making, while the occupations of many other workers revolved around the cigar trade. Known for its unique collection of mutual-aid societies and multiethnic population, Ybor City remained the Cigar Capitol of the World until the 1930s.
Post World War II, Ybor City's population dropped sharply due to the downturn of the cigar industry, and was desolate until the 1980s, when an influx of artists established their residence.
Today, several structures in the historic district are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Evoking the history of Ybor City, the classic brick streets and historic facades blend into a distinct sense of culture that enlivens your environment while preserving a rich history of diversity, community and industry. In 2008, 7th Avenue, the main commercial thoroughfare in Ybor City, was recognized as one of the "10 Great Streets in America" by the American Planning Association.
More information about Ybor City's past, present and future.
You can also learn more about how Ybor City's history is being preserved by visiting the Ybor City Museum Society's website.