How St. Petersburg got its name

Posted on: March 19, 2012 | Comments (1) | Uncategorized | By: Dave

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Walk past the large building at 215 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg for a glimpse of the city’s foundation.

According to local lore, city co-founders John Williams and Peter Demens devised a simple way of assigning names to the town and its first hotel in 1888. Demens, a Russian aristocrat, won a coin toss and christened the burg after his hometown of St. Petersburg. Williams, a railroad exec, did the same with the Detroit Hotel.

Many a celeb and politician have occupied rooms at the hotel during its heyday. Now a residential condominium, it’s on the National Register of Historic of Places.


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  1. Doc John on March 21, 2012 12:52 pm
    Doc John

    Very interesting story. I did not know this fact. I wonder what year this occurred? Great job btw, IndyCar has been doing onok twitter this year. I appreciate the effort and ability to follow the series this way.

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