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Lake Thonotosassa is situated in the north central section of Hillsborough County, approximately 14 miles northeast of Tampa. The name Thonotosassa comes from the Seminole-Creek words thlonto and sasse, meaning the place was a source of valuable flint. Following the establishment of Fort Brooke in 1824 in what is now Tampa, a road that ran northwest of Lake Thonotosassa was built between Fort Brooke and Fort King in Ocala. Nevertheless, the presence of a Seminole village largely discouraged whites from moving into the area. After the Second Seminole War ended in 1842, whites began to settle.

In 1893, the Tampa and Thonotosassa Railroad opened a 13-mile route between the two growing communities. This line today no longer extends into Thonotosassa, its northern tracks having been removed along with the town depot by the 1980s; but its southern portion remains a busy industrial spur, joining with the CSX main line at Neve Wye

In its height, Thonotosassa became Hillsborough County’s premier fruit-growing region. Today the area remains rural in nature, favored by Tampa professionals who enjoy small town living while remaining just a short 20 minute drive to downtown Tampa.




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