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Lutz florida history

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Lutz got its first fire station in the early 1950’s. It was on the south side of Lutz Lake Fern Road across from Bullard Park. The park was established in the area between the arms of the “Y” where the railroad engines would turn around.

In the late 1940’s, the Department of Transportation proposed the widening of US 41. In 1995 the department finally began buying the right-of-way property and in 1998 the road was widened to 6 lanes. In preparation for the widening, the old “Welcome to Lutz” signs were pulled up and tossed by the roadside.

Many of the last traces of “North Tampa” and old Lutz were leveled to make way for an expansive new highway, including a multi lane apex, which first saw civilization as the old Tampa to Brooksville stagecoach stop, then gas station and country inn, steak restaurant, vegetable stand and flower stand. These old landmarks at the Apex were to Lutz what the Sulphur Springs water tower was to Sulphur Springs. The whole area south of the new apex would soon thereafter become a brand new Publix supermarket.

During the “two-lane” years, it was not uncommon for farmers to drive their tractors on US 41, crawling along while leading a mile-long parade of commuter traffic behind them.

The “Welcome To Lutz” signs were eventually replaced with spiffy new green and shimmering gold sign.

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Lutz florida history

The History of Lutz, Florida

This mural is painted on the north wall of the “Geo-Surv” office building. On the mural, it’s the brown building left of center.

By the way, it’s pronounced “Loots,” not “Luts.”

This web page if not for profit, Its purpose is educational so that you may learn about the history and sights of this area. Information and photos on this page comes primarily from a great book about the history of Lutz, “Citrus, Sawmills, Critters & Crackers” by Elizabeth Riegler MacManus & her daughter Susan MacManus. The book is filled with hundreds of old photos, stories and information about most every aspect of the Lutz and central Pasco County area; its people, their lives, work, entertainment, hardships, how the area changed through the years, and much more. I highly recommend this book to everyone, it is available from the University of Tampa Press.

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