Hacienda tour

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Thanks to Mario Iezzoni, Joyce Haasnoot, and Kelly Hackman for setting up a tour of the Hacienda for the board members of the historical society on March 24. The picture above, taken on the roof, shows Mr. Iezzoni and WPHS member Brian Schmit, and (higher) board member Terry Kline.

More pictures are on the WPHS Facebook page and in this album on Flickr.

Pumping station

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This is what’s left of a well and water pump used to irrigate orange groves at the NW corner of Massachusetts Ave. and Little Road. Terry Kline estimates the equipment was installed in the 1920s or 1930s. The grove belonged to the Snell family. The bottom photo is a wide shot of the property. March 23, 2016, photos.

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Then and now

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U. S. 19 at Main Street, New Port Richey. The top photo is probably from around 1960 and was taken by Angelo Deciucies. The bottom photo is from March 20, 2016, and was taken by Adam G. Cessford.

Vote for the West Pasco Historical Society!

Voting started on March 15 for the annual New Port Richey Ornament and the West Pasco Historical Society is one of the three organizations chosen for voting for the 2016 ornament. Help us win the vote so this year’s ornament will feature our building. If we win, we also receive a portion of the proceeds from the ornament sales to help with our programs.

Voting takes place starting Tuesday, March 15th through Saturday, March 26th. Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm at The White Heron Tea & Gifts, 6228 Grand Boulevard (across from the Richey Suncoast Theatre).

You can only vote once so make your vote count for the West Pasco Historical Society!!!

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Then and now

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The Swafford building, probably in the late 1920s, and Cornerstone Pizza / Johnny Grits Restaurant on March 12, 2016. This building has had numerous tenants and owners over the years. It was the Chasco Inn in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, and later the home of Weiskopf Travel Agency. There was an earlier wooden building on this same site known as the Havens Building. This building doesn’t look at all like the Havens Building, but apparently incorporated parts of the Havens Building, and if they are considered the same building, then this is the oldest building in the business district, dating to 1915 or 1916. If this is considered a different building, then it dates to 1926. The owner apparently considered it a new building, as the sign says SWAFFORD 1926.

Railroad Square Block Party

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The WPHS had a booth at today’s Railroad Square Block Party. Pictured are: Greg Smithwick of solocalpasco.com and WPHS members Brian Schmit, Terry Kline, and Ann Rusaw James. The historical society conducted several tours of the business district during the Railroad Square Block Party today. Below, WPHS President Bob Langford points to the Hacienda Hotel.

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Then and now

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Grand Boulevard, looking north. The top photo appeared in the Port Richey Press on Feb. 16, 1920. It shows the railroad depot and track. The bottom photo was taken on March 12, 2016.

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The bottom photo shows the Ralph Werner Building, which opened in 1921. It was replaced by a combination library / city hall / fire station in the 1930s, seen in the bottom photo in 2016. Parts of the first floor of the Werner Building were kept and made a part of the newer building.