Nestled along Tampa’s Riverwalk, the Historical Monument Trail of beautiful bronze and marble busts and monuments tells the story of 30 of the most noteworthy people and the significant events that have shaped the history of Tampa and Hillsborough County. The Trail is many things: an educational tool for children and adults, for visitors and residents alike; a commemoration of our ancestors that have contributed so much to our life and culture today; and an inspiration to our entire community.
To make the Historical Monument Trail a reality, then President of Friends of the Riverwalk, Steven A. Anderson, in collaboration with the Tampa Bay History Center, established an esteemed group of 9 historians to designate Tampa’s ancestors to be honored along the Trail. Each year, 6 greats of Tampa’s past are honored by creation of a bronze bust and monument. As of December 2017, there are 30 spread along the Trail.
The monuments have been funded through private donations from the community as well as matching grant funds from the Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Fund.
Significant thanks go to Hillsborough County, The Beck Group, Spectrum, 2012 Republican National Convention Host Committee, Steven A. Anderson and the families of all the honorees.