R. E. Olds, creator of the Oldsmobile settled in what is now Old Oldsmar in the early 1900’s , this begins the history of modern Oldsmar. He had plans for the almost 40,000 acres of land he purchased at the northernmost tip of Tampa Bay. R.E. Olds designed and developed tree lined streets, built a 60 room hotel, grocery and hardware stores, a library, school, restaurants, cafes, dairy farms and plantations over eight years. A powerful hurricane devastated most of the city in 1921. Very little survived, just one factory and two hundred residents called Oldsmar home in 1923. Olds shifted his focus, selling his investments in Oldsmar. Tampa Bay Downs, his newly completed racetrack was traded for the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater.
Oldsmar was little noticed for many decades. As the entire Tampa Bay area grew exponentially in the 1980’s, Oldsmar was revived. Oldsmar’s central location between Tampa and Palm Harbor helped its rediscovery.
Homes from the early days survive today. Visitors can take a walking tour of the downtown area which includes several historic buildings and homes from the 1920’s. History is celebrated with a festival called “Oldsmar Days” sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The City and Chamber are working together to renovate the downtown area while preserving the “old Florida look and feel.” Current residential dwellings in Oldsmar range from traditional residential development to master planned communities. Amenities such as golf and country clubs, swimming pools, tennis courts and more are offered. Several beautiful parks and nature preserves span Oldsmar.
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