Becoming the Burg: Stories that Shaped the Sunshine City

Becoming the Burg: Stories that Shaped the Sunshine City

Becoming the ‘Burg is a new video series by I Love the Burg in collaboration with the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership and the St. Petersburg Museum of History that showcases our great city and serves to educate and inform us about the culture, the history and the evolution of St. Pete to make it what it is now. 

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Why's it Called Tyrone?

Local historian Monica Kile is here with the history behind the name in our latest Becoming the Burg: Special Edition!

Why's it Called Mirror Lake?

Why’s it called Mirror Lake? Local historian Monica Kile has the answer in this Special Edition of our Becoming the Burg series! Bet you wouldn’t have guessed that the history of this picturesque Burg location includes appearances by Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, multiple name changes, Katherine Bell Tippetts, and more.

From the Orange Belt to Orange Station

In our next installment of Becoming the Burg, learn about the last 133 years of history behind the Orange Belt Railroad and its surrounding areas in the heart of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Downtown's mysterious sculptures

Historian Monical Kile takes us through the downtown St. Pete waterfront, sharing the history behind both hidden and iconic sculptures, including the mysterious boys without heads.


Forgotten Cemeteries of St. Petersburg, FL

Historian Monical Kile journeys around St. Petersburg to see where the city’s first residents are buried. Stops include Greenwood Cemetery, where the city’s first mayor and co-founder is buried, and Lincoln Cemetery, the final resting place of Elder Jordan.

The History of 4th Street North

4th Street North is brimming with history, from the historic wood parade to Sunken Gardens. Monica Rowland Kile breaks down the history of the motels and roadside attractions that once called 4th Street North home. Do you remember these local icons?

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St. Petersburg’s Literary Renaissance

St. Pete is celebrated as a paradise for artists and entrepreneurs, but did you also know it has a significant literary past?


The Influencers of Yesteryear 

A city bathing suit inspector, a geriatric boxing tournament, the timeless allure of St. Pete Shuffle, and our current mural boom. Here’s how influencers have shaped the ‘Burg for more than a century. What made you fall in love with St. Pete?


The History of Central Avenue

Did you know Central Avenue wasn’t always called Central Avenue? Learn the hidden history of the Sunshine City in partnership with our friends at St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership.


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