Riverview, Hillsborough County, Florida

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Riverview is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is located near Brandon. The population was 12,035 at the 2000 census.

Many of Tampa Bay's radio and television stations broadcast from an antenna farm in the Riverview area, on Boyette Road, southeast of town.

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History

Riverview (originally called Peru) was founded in 1856 on the Alafia River's south shore. It was known as Peru (prounounced Pe-Roo) 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 riverbottom glowing at night. The area's first school was built in 1893, inside the Peru Baptist Church. 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 in downtown Tampa. The Post Office periodically was moved from the Riverview side to the Peru side of the river and back, causing much distress. The Riverview name eventually came into usage in the early 1940s 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 Barnes, Bourgees, Boyettes, Buzbees, Hackneys, Hartleys, Mansfields, Moodys, Scotts, Thompsons, Whitts, and the Yeomans. The area founded by the Boyette family is now Boyette, Florida.

Geography

Riverview is located at 27°52′25″N 82°19′12″W / 27.87361°N 82.32°W / 27.87361; -82.32 (27.873478, -82.320050)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 24.4 km² (9.4 mi²). 23.7 km² (9.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.8 km² (0.3 mi²) of it (3.08%) is water. Riverview is a suburb south of Tampa, east of Gibsonton, Florida and north of Ruskin.

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