Overview of Zephyrhills
Known to many Floridians as the "home of pure water," the city of Zephyrhills is one of Florida's most scenic and friendly communities. Nestled between the Tampa Bay Area and the majestic beauty of the Green Swamp, residents seeking Zephyrhills apartments for rent can enjoy all the amenities of big-city living but can still be just mere minutes from the great outdoors as well. With its excellent school system, loads of outdoor fun, and low crime rate, it is no surprise that so many families are calling this charming community home. According to information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has seen a near 23 percent jump in population from 2000 to 2010.
Living in Zephyrhills, FL
Zephyrhills saw its beginnings as early as 1886 when Simon J. Temple purchased more than 280 acres of land from the Florida Railway and Navigation Corp. He gave the city the name Abbott, which was later changed. The city became famous during the 20th century because of the abundance of freshwater; many people began to flock to the area to "take the water" because it was believed to have healing properties. Over time, as the Tampa Bay Area began to grow, Zephyrhills began to emerge as a quiet suburban community that became well-known for its quality of life, economic development and excellent school system.
Zephyrhills Attractions and Special Events
One of the city's most historical attractions is the Museum of Military History. During the 1940s, many soldiers heading overseas began their training at the once-prominent Zephyrhills Army Airfield. Although much of the base was torn down, one last barracks building remained. Today, the quarters serve as a museum to World War II veterans and other veterans who have bravely served in foreign wars.
During the holiday season, the community loves to take part in the city's Festival of Lights, complete with a holiday parade, live entertainment and lighting contest.
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