Indian Rocks Beach Historical Marker Tour

Walk or bike around IRB to our historical markers and learn about the rich history of this quaint beach town.

Indian Rocks Beach Historical Marker Tour

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida 33785, United States

Created By: Indian Rocks Beach Action 2000, Inc.

Tour Information

The IRB Historical Tour includes twelve historical markers. Come to Indian Rocks Beach with your bike and tour around to our various historical spots.

The tour is about three miles from start to finish. Start at the “Beach Cottage” marker which is home to our IRB Historical Museum, a preserved 1914 cottage, in beautiful Chic-a-Si Park. Head down 1st Street to our "Fish House" historical marker. At the end of 1st Street and Gulf Blvd. is the “Historic Homes of the Narrows” marker featuring three of our oldest homes dating from the late 1800s to early 1900s.. Across Gulf Blvd. and south to the Central Avenue Beach Access brings us the “Tourist Center of the Narrows” marker. This area was a popular tourist destination in the early 1900s. From there head south to a beautiful waterfront area in the Narrows that shows where "The Old IRB Swing Bridge” used to be located. Near this marker you will find a perfect spot to enjoy the view of the intracoastal waterways on a beautiful wooden swing.

Walk or bike about a half mile north on Gulf Blvd. to the 5th Avenue beach access and see two original cottages from 1917 and 1919, the historical marker there is called "Haven Beach." The tour continues north a block on Gulf Blvd. to the "Haven Beach Yacht Basin" marker where the first planned community was established on the beach. Continue north on Gulf Blvd. to 12th Avenue to the "Big Indian Rocks Beach Fishing Pier" marker. This was home to the longest pier that existed in Florida in that location. Continue north along Gulf Blvd. to 15th Avenue to the marked called "Train to the Beach" and learn about the train that used to bring excursionists from Tampa to the beach. Then head east to 15th Avenue and Bay Palm Blvd. to Kolb Park where you will find a marker called "From 'City Park' to Kolb Park." Residents and tourists have enjoyed this green space for over 100 years. The “Civic Center of Indian Rocks” marker is located just a few steps away in front of IRB City Hall. Our last stop brings us back out to Gulf Blvd. and sourth to 12th Avenue to visit the marker called “Stone Houses.” These wonderful stone houses were built by O.G. Creel starting in 1937. From here it is one mile back to the IRB History Museum.​

Public restrooms are located at the back of the IRB History Museum, Kolb Park and at the 10th Avenue Nature Preserve. Make a day of it and enjoy one of our many restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You will love the friendly and quaint atmosphere of Indian Rocks Beach. ​

The IRB History Museum is open from 10am to 2pm Wednesday to Saturday. It is a treasure of our community!​

The IRB Historical Marker Tour is brought to you by IRB Action 2000, Inc. and the Indian Rocks History Society & Museum.


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What You'll See on the Tour

The home of the Indian Rocks Historical Museum is a beach cottage built in 1939 by Carl H. Moseley. Originally located on 12th Avenue at Gulf Boulevard, it was due to be torn down with the buidling of the Gables Condominium in 1980.  It wa... Read more
For many years fishing was a way of life in Indian Rocks Beach. Early settlers could depend on the bay waters to produce fish, crabs and scallops for their dinner table.  By the early 1900s, ths part of the Narrows was dotted with bait sho... Read more
The community of Indian Rocks began here in the Narrows over 100 years ago. Three of the earliest structures on the narrow beach strip can still be seen today, each one a unique treasure. The Bie Boathouse, standing at this spot since it wa... Read more
Everyone coming from the mainland to the beach in the early days of Indian Rocks Beach would be greeted by a view of the Gulf of Mexico straight ahead. That same view can still be seen today from this spot where “excursionists” came ac... Read more
The first automobile bridge from the mainland to the Sand Key barrier island was built at this site in the Narrows in 1916. The community of Indian Rocks developed around the bridge, first on the mainland side, then shifting to the beach in... Read more
Haven Beach was a planned community begun in 1914 for "homes of high character."  The subdivision exteded up the shoreline about two blocks and ovre to the bay with lots platted around a dredged canel and Yacht Basin.  Sales began in earn... Read more
The Yacht Basin was the centerpiece of the Haven Beach Development, IRB's first sub-division.  Dredging began in 1914, but land sales lagged after World War I. Many of the homes were built in the mid-1920s by wealthy Tampa residents as sec... Read more
The site you are standing on was the parking lot and patio for the landmark Big Indian Rocks Fishing Pier. From the time it was built in 1959, the pier was the heart of Indian Rocks Beach. Old guys taught youngsters the finer points of fish... Read more
The Tampa and Gulf Coast Railway came here in 1914 starting a tourist boom period that lasted into the 1920s.   Excursionists from Tampa crowded on the T&G for a day at the beach or perhaps a stay at the Indian Beach Hotel. Indian Beac... Read more
This plot of land has been a park for over 100 years. In the early years, it was a popular place for picnics and fish fries as land developers held sales events on the grounds.  A second boom period in the 1950s once again brought back the... Read more
City Hall and the next-door Beach Art Center are both historic structures that reflect the enduring community spirit of Indian Rocks Beach. Today’s City Hall started out in 1952 simply as an auditorium for community events, built by the ... Read more
Just a short way down 12th Avenue is the charming stone cottage built by stonemason O.G. Creel as a residence for his family. That was in 1937, and it marked the beginning of a building spree of stone houses into the surrounding neighborhoo... Read more

 

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