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New Port Richey

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New Port Richey

   George Sims purchased the Port Richey Company and 14,000 acres of land along the Cotee River in 1913. Sims began selling lots to families, many from Michigan and Finland. He also had aspirations of making New Port Richey the "Hollywood of the East" by bringing silent movie stars down from Great Neck, New York.

  The Dixie Highway, now Grand Boulevard, along with the Tug & Grunt Railroad, brought people to the downtown area which thrived in the 1920s and 1930s. Gulf High School opened in 1922 and was the backbone of the community for the next seventy years. George Sims donated the land known as Enchantment Park. The city accepted the donation as part of its first ordinance, then renamed the park Sims Park. The park is framed by the Pithlachascotee River and Orange Lake giving New Port Richey an exceptional quality.


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