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UT Press Releases Landmark History

Published: May 01, 2006
Frank Trebin Lastra, who was born on Ybor Street and raised in Ybor City, made a major contribution to the preservation and awareness of his hometown’s history this spring with the publication of his Ybor City: The Making of a Landmark Town.

The com¬prehensive and generously illustrated historical study published by the UT Press was of¬ficially unveiled on Saturday, April 22, in a public event at the Ybor City State Museum with a brief program and book-signing by the author. A second reception and book-signing followed at the University on Monday, April 24.

Lastra’s book traces the story of this historic cigar factory town from its founding, through its struggles during the Great Depression and urban renewal, to its recognition and official designation as a National Historic Landmark District. It includes a foreword by E. J. Salcines, vice president of the Tampa Historical Society, and an afterword by Rafael Martinez Ybor, great-grandson of founder Vicente Martinez Ybor.

The book features 633 illustrations, including rare and previously unpublished photo¬graphs, maps and charts. A reference section provides tables and exhibits that include cigar production, historic streetcar lines, and lists of presidents of the town’s historic social clubs and organizations. A comprehensive index provides convenient access to names and topics.

Contact Dr. Richard Mathews or Sean Donnelly at x 6266 or to purchase a copy. The book also can be ordered from the UT Press online catalog at