What is the History behind Valrico, FL?

What is the History behind Valrico, FL?

There are 7 comments on the brandonsbeautifulhomes.com story from Jun 11, 2010, titled What is the History behind Valrico, FL?. In it, brandonsbeautifulhomes.com reports that:

How did Valrico get its name? How did a city that's name sounds like it has a Spanish background, but has loads of southern charm get its name from a northern man? There's also no other town quite like it, it is unique.

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Rich Gainor

United States

#1 Jun 11, 2010
Very interesting article. I have lived here about 20 years and this is the first time I have heard any of the history. Thanks.

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Since: Jul 08

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#2 Jun 12, 2010
Ok the article told us, not much. It was named from a lake that was originally called long pond. How did the lake change its name to Valrico lake? Sorry this article does not explain much. By the way, Valrico sounds more like a type of pasta than it does as a Spanish word.

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Since: Jun 08

others...you don't want to

#3 Jun 13, 2010
tampabayallstar wrote:
Ok the article told us, not much. It was named from a lake that was originally called long pond. How did the lake change its name to Valrico lake? Sorry this article does not explain much. By the way, Valrico sounds more like a type of pasta than it does as a Spanish word.
the article told enough to those that live in the area....i am thinking those that live outside of the immediate area...doesn't matter enough to them anyways

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#4 Jun 13, 2010
Fair enough Chuck , but why was the lake named Valrico?
Jerry Frulio

Tarpon Springs, FL

#5 Jun 19, 2010
Article seems like it explained alot of the history of an area not too many people know about.
Jimmy

Valrico, FL

#6 Jun 14, 2012
Valrico Lake and Long Pond are two different bodies of water in Valrico. I believe you are mistaking the change of the name of the community from Long Pond to Valrico that occured in the 1880's-90's. Valrico means Valley of Gold, but the name has no connection to the area, which lacks valleys or gold.
Justnuthergeezer

Johnson City, TN

#7 Apr 5, 2013
I lived in the area in the 50's and 60's. There was never a lot there other than groves and some reclaimed pits. There was a post office and a small neighborhood there, as well as a private school. Some small housing developements began to mushroom in the 60's....like most of east Hillsborough. We used to ride bikes out to the pits from Brandon and shoot BB guns. Simpler days for sure.

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