Ruskin, Florida

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Ruskin is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 8,321 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Ruskin is located at 27°42′53″N 82°26′1″W / 27.71472°N 82.43361°W / 27.71472; -82.43361 (27.714703, -82.433530)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 15.4 square miles (39.9 km²), of which, 14.2 square miles (36.9 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it (7.65%) is water.

History

Situated on the shores of the Little Manatee River, the town and college were named after the English writer and social reformist John Ruskin (1819–1900)

In 1907, Dr. George McAnelly Miller, a former Chicago prosecuting attorney and professor, and former president of Ruskin College in Trenton, Missouri, relocated his family to the area, and along with his brother-in-law Albert Peter Dickman’s family. They purchased land and started to setup homes, a saw mill, and a school. Mrs. Adaline D. Miller, (Dr. Miller's wife) founded a post office on August 7, 1908. This day is recognized as the official founding day of the town. The Ruskin Commongood Society platted Ruskin on February 19, 1910, and filed the plat on March 9, 1910, in the Hillsborough County Court House with lots for the college, the business district, two parks, and for the founding families, with only Whites allowed to own or lease land in the community. Albert Dickman’s house, finished in 1910, on the banks of the Little Manatee River, is one of the few structures left standing from the founding of Ruskin.

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