According to Wikipedia, The name Thonotosassa is derived from the Seminole-Creek words thlonto and sasse, meaning the place was a source of valuable flint.
When Fort Brooke in present day Tampa was founded in 1824, a road was built connecting it and Fort King in Ocala which ran northwest of Lake Thonotosassa. In 1893, a line of the South Florida Railroad connected Thonotosassa to Tampa, Wikipedia’s report said.
Population: 6,091 (Source: US Census Bureau 2000 Census)
Elevation: 33 Feet
Median Household Income: $43,159 (Source: US Census Bureau 2000 Census in 1999 dollars)
Median age: 36.7 (Source: US Census Bureau 2000 Census)
JUST A FEW Thonotosassa, FLORIDA ATTRACTIONS:
Hillsborough River State Park
Located 9 miles north of Tampa and six miles south of Zephyrhills on U.S. 301.
This, one of Florida’s first state parks, is divided by the Hillsborough River. Fort Foster is a replica of an 1837 fort from the Second Seminole War. The river provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking; a canoe/kayak launch is available on the river. Canoes can be rented at the park´s concession, which also provides food, beverages, picnic supplies, and souvenirs. Hikers can walk over seven miles along four nature trails. The Wetlands Restoration Trail accommodates bicyclists and hikers. When the weather calls for it, visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim in the park´s ADA accessible swimming pool. The park offers full-facility camping and a youth/group tent campground. A primitive campsite is available via foot trail; reservations are recommended.
This 819-acre lake is located off Thonotosassa Road, west of MacIntosh. It is accessible through a fish camp and a public boat ramp. Lake Thonotosassa is extremely fertile. Bass fishing is good in this Fish Management Area during the spring. Sunshine bass are stocked regularly and are caught during the winter and spring.
Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida
This is extreme entertainment! Located about 8.1 miles from Thonotosassa, and just over an hour west of Orlando near Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Busch Gardens takes you to the edge of Africa. Here you will see amazing animals, take a safari and ride coasters like you’ve never ridden before. Take a breather once in awhile and enjoy the live entertainment.
Hillsborough County School District –Hillsborough Public Schools
901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida
The following institutions of higher learning serve more than 2,000 students each and are located near Thonotosassa, Florida.
- University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
- Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida
- University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida
- Saint Leo University, St. Leo, Florida
- Travis Career Center, Lakeland, Florida
- Pasco-Hernando Community College, Newport Richey, Florida
- Polk Community College, Winter Haven, Florida
TAMPA BAY AREA PROFESSIONAL SPORTS
National Football League Tampa Bay Buccaneers
National Hockey League Tampa Bay Lightening
Major League Baseball Tampa Bay Rays
Minor League Baseball Tampa Yankees
Arena Football Tampa Bay Storm
Thonotosassa Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 157, Thonotosassa, Florida
A few major employers of Hillsborough County:
- Hillsborough County School District
- Verizon Communications
- MacDill Air Force Base
- University of South Florida
- Hillsborough County Government
- Tampa International Airport
- James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
- St. Joseph’s Hospital
- JPMorgan Chase
- Verizon Information Technologies
Thonotosassa is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida.
Hillsborough County is the major metropolitan complex of Florida’s Gulf Coast. This is an important shipping center due to the deep waters of Tampa Bay. There are many, many communities in Hillsborough County, but only three incorporated cities including Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace.
Hillsborough County, Florida is midway along Florida’s West Coast. There are 1,048 square miles of land and 24 square miles of inland water area for a total of 1,072 square miles.
The unincorporated area encompasses 909 square miles, or more than 84 percent of the total county area. Municipalities account for 163 square miles.