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St. Petersburg

Pinellas County

Year Founded: 1903

History

The city’s name is derived from Russia’s St. Petersburg. When the Orange Belt Railroad was being constructed down to this part of the West Coast in 1887, its president was Peter Demens, a Russian who by birth had changed his own name from Dementief. Tales differ as to just how he got the privilege of choosing a name for this town – whether by drawing of straws, coin flipping or courtesy. It happened to be the name of his native city. Some of his associates objected, but consoled themselves with the thought that the town would never amount to anything anyway.

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