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New book by Temple Terrace Preservation Society explores city's history

Images of America, Temple Terrace, which sells for $21.99, has been a decade in the making.

Courtesy of Arcadia Publishing

Images of America, Temple Terrace, which sells for $21.99, has been a decade in the making.

TEMPLE TERRACE — This book is just a start.

Grant Rimbey of the Temple Terrace Preservation Society has spent the last decade gathering news clippings, photos, brochures — anything old that might have some tie to the city.

"It was mostly just gathering stuff that was scattered in the winds," Rimbey said. "We are hoping to tie a lot of the loose ends together."

All the scouring finally paid off. The result, Images of America, Temple Terrace by Arcadia Publishing, is available for $21.99 starting Monday.

The book is an exhaustive look at the origins of the little city on the Hillsborough River and is available online and at several locations including the Chamber of Commerce, 9385 N 56th St. No. 101. Proceeds benefit the Temple Terrace Preservation Society.

Local residents Tim Lancaster and Lana Burroughs also helped write the 128-page book. It covers the origins of the city from when Chicago socialite Bertha Potter Palmer purchased 19,000 acres in 1914 and started the world's largest Temple orange farm through the boom and bust of the 1920s.

The book also includes some never-before-seen pictures.

Rimbey hopes the book is a starting point for continued research and discussion about Temple Terrace.

Jared Leone, Times staff writer

New book by Temple Terrace Preservation Society explores city's history 11/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 4:30am]
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