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The Florida town that was to supplant Hollywood

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Title:
The Florida town that was to supplant Hollywood
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Historic buildings -- Florida -- Sun City   ( lcsh )
Power-plants -- Florida -- Sun City   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Sun City (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the town of Sun City and its unrealized aspirations to become the world's film capital.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 27, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002221800
oclc - 650350333
usfldc doi - D33-0189
usfldc handle - d33.189
System ID:
SFS0000570:00001


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-k20THE FLORIDA TOWN THAT WAS TO SUPPLANT HOLLYWOOD By HAMPTON DUNN SUN CITY --A neat little masonry building which once housed a pager plant serves as a monument today to a Florida boom-time dream that this community one day would be the world's film capital. There once was a studio and in it was an oil painting of the metropolis as it would appear when it had supplanted Hollywood. The boom busted, so did the studio and just about everything else here. Today, nearly half a century later, Sun City really has never blossomed into a metropolis. The little powerhouse sits just off U. S. 41 a few Whiles south of Ruskin near the Manatee County line. It now is owned by Dryden Machinery Co., which bought it in 1954 from Tampa Electric Co. Back in October, 1925, an excited area participated in a spectacular dedication of the infant movie industry. More than 1,500 persons attended the flag raising ceremony at which Tampa's Mayor Perry G. Wall gave an oration. On hand was Billy Moon, a 320-pound comedian who starred in the two short movies that eventually were produced here to protect the developer against possible fraud charges. Finally, in July, 1932, the boom town of Sun City was sold at public auction for $100, including the power plant which had cost $100,000 when it was built in 1926 to provide light and power for teeming multitudes that never arrived. The beautiful structure housed a 300 Brake Horse Power Worthington Engine. The plant was owned by Florida Power & Light Co. and later by Tampa Electric.

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