The Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Florida is located in the eastern extent of the City. Ybor City is officially bounded by; Interstate 4 to the north, 22nd Street to the east, Adamo Drive to the south and Nebraska Avenue to the west. 7th Avenue is considered the main east/west street of Ybor City and is presently part of Hillsborough County Road 574 east of 21st Street. Florida State Road 585 is aligned southbound through Ybor City on 21st Street and northbound via 22nd Street. Ybor City has seen several notable historic highways pass through the neighborhood such as US Route 541.
Part 1; the history of the Ybor City highway transportation corridor
Ybor City traces it's origins back to the early history of Tampa and the interests of Spanish cigar magnate Vicente Martinez Ybor. Ybor's cigar manufacturing business was originally located in Cuba. Ybor relocated to Florida and the City of Key West in 1869 due to the unstable political climate of Cuba. Ybor's operations in Key West were hampered by a lack of room to grow and ongoing labor disputes.
Ybor sought numerous locales on mainland Florida to move his cigar manufacturing operations before eventually settling on the lands northeast of downtown Tampa. A deal was arranged in 1885 by the Tampa Board of Trade for Ybor to purchase an initial 40 acre plot of land which would form the basis of Ybor City. Ybor would move his cigar manufacturing operations to the newly created company town of Ybor City which created a local boom. By 1887 Ybor City was annexed as part of the City of Tampa. An early township and range map of Ybor City can be seen below.