A Very Short Sunrise Trip
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Gibsonton is not big enough to have its own Golden Arches. Riverview positioned 27.87 degrees north of the equator and 82.31 degrees west of the prime meridian has one about 1 ½ miles away.
Riverview was founded in 1856 on the Alafia Rivers south shore. It was known as Peru because Peru was an Indian name for straight part of the river. The Peruvian Mining Company, which mined phosphate from the Alafia took its name from the settlement of Peru. The term Alafia is translated as "River of Fire" due to the phosphorus on the early river bottom glowing at night. The area called Riverview began to be populated on the north side of the river. The two communities were connected by a river ferry. Soon after a bridge was constructed from sections of a bridge that once spanned the Hillsborough River downtown Tampa it was purchased at the Man Bag’s Used Bridge Store. & Grill. The Riverview name eventually came into usage in the early 1940's by the post office to relieve just such confusion with the mail. Peru has disappeared from all but the earliest maps, much to pioneer families' dismay. Some of Peru's or Riverview's settlers include the Bags, Barnes, Bourgees, Boyettes, Buzbees, Hackneys, Mansfields, Moodys, Scotts, Thompsons, Whitts, and the Yeomans. The area founded by the Boyette family is now Boyette, Florida.
I need a bite to eat & 6 more cups of coffee before I meet Philly Nick at the Low Riders car show at the fairgrounds in Tampa.