Port Richey, Florida

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Port Richey is a city in Pasco County, Florida, United States. It is a suburban city included in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,021 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 3,294 [1].

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History

Port Richey was incorporated as a municipality in May, 1925. Charles H. Hoffman served as its first mayor. Perhaps the first indication that Port Richey was destined to enjoy a reputation of uniqueness was the fact that the little city was politically ahead of its time, for in its first year as a municipality a woman was elected to the council and chosen to be Vice Mayor. Her name was Susan Clark and she retained her position through four terms.

Long before Port Richey was incorporated, however, it was a Mecca for fisherman and trappers. In fact, it was once an industrious Indian community and has been the home and burial ground for two separate Indian tribes.

In 1883, Aaron M. Richey arrived from St . Joseph, Missouri and settled near the mouth of the Pithlachascotee, later called Richey Point. Needing a dock to moor his schooner he purchased a small piece of river front property and immediately named that piece of property "Port Richey." It was because of his ownership of the schooner that Mr. Richey was subsequently called "Captain." He was not truly a seafaring man. After he settled in the area he found that mail was being carried from Brooksville to Anclote by horseback and so he decided to establish a post office, naming it the "Port Richey Post Office." He served as the first postmaster and also operated a small general store on Richey Point.

As other early settlers arrived, word was gradually spread among the northern states about the mild winters on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The lure of the fish and game abundance in this area spelled paradise to many adventurous northerners. The sparkling gleam of the jumping mullets, together with the grouper, kings, snappers and others brought the anxious anglers. Dolphins dancing over the waves in the Gulf of Mexico were a dream come true to many and the catch of a tarpon the thrill of a lifetime to be mounted for proof of the proverbial fish story.

Singer Johnny Cash owned a home along the Pithlachascotee River from 1979 until 2002 [2]. Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, inherited the house from Maybelle Carter after her death, and sold it in 2002 shortly before their deaths in 2003.

Port Richey has experienced substantial growth. In 1935, the population of Port Richey in was only 249, however by 2004 the population had grown to 3077.

Geography

Port Richey is located at 28°16′29″N 82°43′23″W / 28.27472°N 82.72306°W / 28.27472; -82.72306 (28.274651, -82.723009)[3].

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