A Little Downtown History

Downtown Yellow Taxi shares downtown history with our customers.

It’s amazing that people know so little of the history of the city they live in, so here’s a few little nuggets of downtown history for you St. Petersburg residents. Two men co-founded St. Petersburg in what we call “downtown” today. John C. Williams, formerly of Detroit, bought the land in 1875, a decade after the end of the Civil War. Peter Demens, born Pyotr Alexeyevitch Dementyev and formerly of St. Petersburg, Russia, was a railroad owner and responsible for bringing a railroad terminus to the area a year later, to spawn industry and growth.

As the story goes, the men flipped a coin to see who would win the honor of picking a name for the city. Demens won, and chose to name the tiny little town in honor of St. Petersburg, Russia. In turn, Williams got to name the first hotel in the city, and named The Detroit hotel on Central Avenue after his home town. Their names live on today, in Demens Park down on the waterfront, and Williams Park across from 1st Street North. Had downtown history gone a little differently and the coin toss gone the other way, we might be living in Williamsburg, Florida today.

Another little nugget of downtown history: Jannus Live was previously known as Jannus Landing, where pilot Tony Jannus established scheduled flights flights across Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg to Tampa in 1914. This is considered the birth of the commercial airline industry, and even today, The Tony Jannus Award is presented for outstanding achievement in the airline industry.

Downtown history: Tony Jannus, namesake of Jannus Live.

So when you think about downtown St. Petersburg, think Downtown Yellow Taxi. We know the area intimately, and provide the fastest and safest service in town. Call us at 727 379-4440, and save our number in your phone, so a safe, dependable ride is always at your fingertips.

Happening this weekend:

Thursday July 14th
Hiram Hazley + Le Jazz Trio w/ Special Guest Gloria West at Ruby’s Elixir 7 pm
Ramblegrass Band at The Ale and The Witch 8:30 pm

Friday July 15th
Marianas Trench w/ Skylar Stecker at the State Theater 8 pm

Saturday July 16th
The Alternate Routes at the Hideaway Cafe 6 pm
Uncle John’s Band at the Palladium 8 pm
Polyenso at Jannus Live 8 pm
Row Jomah at The Ale and The Witch 8:30 pm

Sunday July 17th
Ajeva w/ Special Guest Chris Walker at Ruby’s Elixir 8 pm

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