The Hillsborough River: Human Connections presented by the USF Humanities Institute.

The Hillsborough River: It’s an oasis of tranquil nature in a busy urban area, or a popular waterway, bustling with boats and business. But did you know that the remains of a steamer burned by Union troops in 1863 lie in its waters at Lowry Park, or that it boasted a "bat tower" in Temple Terrace that was part of a grand experiment in mosquito eradication?

This website is an ongoing resource full of historical photos, videos, contemporary photography, and other resources. There is even a way for you to submit your own photos, documents, and stories about the river.

From Oct. 20 to Nov. 7, 2012, the USF Humanities Institute hosted a series of events celebrating the river. These free, public events explored the river from a variety of perspectives and included lectures, exhibits, and several events on and around the river. Visit the events page for a complete list.

The program is partially funded through a major grant from the Florida Humanities Council and is supported by a number of community partners.

Featured Downloads

provided by FPAN

Thanks to the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) for providing the following posters about the Hillsborough River

Working on the River

Playing on the River

Early Tampa and the River

Living on the River

Featured Video

The Hillsborough River Basin

Map provided by the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board. Visit their website for maps, data, photos, and river-related news:

Event Photos

Spaniards and Natives on Florida's Early Trails

Lecture by Dr. Philip Levy at the Temple Terrace Preservation Society's monthly meeting. More photos.

Guided Canoe Paddle

Hadrian Alegarbes, River Guide, lead a guided canoe paddle focussing on history and wildlife. More photos.