Boyette, Florida

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Boyette is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,895 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Boyette is located at 27°50′33″N 82°17′8″W / 27.8425°N 82.28556°W / 27.8425; -82.28556 (27.842383, -82.285691)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 6.9 square miles (17.8 km²), of which, 6.6 square miles (17.1 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (4.21%) is water.

History

Boyette, was established in 1902 by Sarah Boyette, and named the town for her father Thomas Boyette. This farming community once was a thriving little town that boasted a general store with a gas pump, a sawmill ,a railroad depot with loading ramps for crops to be loaded, a church & cemetery, dance hall, turpentine still, and a railroad section foreman with a crew to keep the tracks fixed.

Mr. Wilson, was an early stationmaster and telegraph operator. A.T. Bennett, was the section foreman for the area of track and he and his crew of workers kept the railroad track in good working order. The area where they lived was called the "section houses". This was a rough area and there were shootings and stabbings nearly every weekend. Occasionally moonshine stills would be brought out of the swamp and were busted by the authorities.

Founding families included the Simmons, Hobsons, Sumners, Wilsons, and of course Boyettes. The town died when the railroad was removed and all the residents either died or moved away. The Boyette family; however, remained maintaining a relatively lucrative farming business. Their descendants still maintain a small portion of the former estate today. There are only two historical remains of Boyette. One is the old cemetery, which is still there but has not been found in years; it exists somewhere in a nearby pasture. There is no other structure that dates back to the time.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,895 people, 1,937 households, and 1,638 families residing in the community. The population density was 893.1 people per square mile (344.9/km²). There were 2,103 housing units at an average density of 318.6/sq mi (123.0/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 88.46% White, 5.39% African American, 0.63% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 2.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.16% of the population.

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