Temple Terrace, Florida

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Temple Terrace is an incorporated city in northeastern Hillsborough County, Florida, USA, adjacent to Tampa. According to 2006 estimates, the city had a population of 23,405. It is the third and smallest incorporated municipality in Hillsborough County. (Tampa and Plant City are the others.) Incorporated in 1925, the community is known for its rolling landscape, bucolic Hillsborough River views, and majestic trees; it has the most grand sand live-oak trees of any place in central Florida and is a Tree City USA. Temple Terrace was originally planned as a 1920s Mediterranean-revival golf-course community and is one of the first such communities in the United States (planned in 1920).

The city was named for the then-new hybrid, the Temple orange. (The Temple orange, which is also called the tangor, is a cross between the mandarin orange — also called the tangerine — and the common sweet orange; it was named after Florida born William Chase Temple, one-time owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates and founder of the Temple Cup. Chase was also the first president of the Florida Citrus Exchange.) Temple Terrace was the first place in the United States where the new Temple orange was grown in large quantities. The "terrace" portion of the name refers to the terraced terrain of the area by the river where the city was founded. Several of the original homes also had terraced yards with lawns sloping, in tiers, towards the river.

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