Lutz, Florida

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Lutz (pronounced /ˈluːts/) is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The population was 17,081 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Lutz is located at 28°8′22″N 82°27′43″W / 28.13944°N 82.46194°W / 28.13944; -82.46194 (28.139428, -82.462028)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 23.5 square miles (60.9 km²), of which, 21.5 square miles (55.6 km²) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.3 km²) of it (8.75%) is water.

ZIP codes

Several ZIP Codes, which serve Lutz and the surrounding areas are 33548, 33549, 33558 and 33559.

History

Lutz began with the construction of a small train depot on the Tampa Northern Railroad which carried materials from Tampa to Brooksville. It was named as "Lutz Station" by William Paul Lutz, an engineer on the Tampa Northern Railroad. The area surrounding the depot officially became known as Lutz when the U.S. Postal Service authorized a post office. The first post office was a 7-square-foot (0.65 m2) building on a lot south of the depot. George Sibthorpe, the first postmaster of Lutz, moved the post office to his realty office. In 1914, the post office was again moved to inside the train depot. As people moved to the rural community from Tampa, the Lutz area continued to grow until it no longer depended on the "Lutz Junction", which was demolished in the late 1960s. In 2000, a replica of the depot was rebuilt in the approximate location, which is now at the intersection of Lutz-Lake Fern Rd. and US Highway 41. The post office's structure is still in the same place today, although it is now an art gallery. A public library is located behind the train depot replica. This area is known as "Beautiful Downtown Lutz".[4]

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