Gulfport walking tour

The Gulfport Historical Society’s newest walking tour retraces part of the historic Veteran’s City trolley line.

GULFPORT — The Gulfport Historical Society will introduce its newest historic walking tour, which retraces part of the historic Veteran’s City trolley line, Friday, April 19, following the dedication of Trolley Market Square, 4900 Tangerine Ave. S., at 7:15 p.m.

Trolley Market Square is located at the former site of the Tangerine Greenway, which was part of the Veteran’s City trolley line route. The city of Gulfport recently completed the redevelopment of the property to create Trolley Market Square.

“What’s interesting about the trolley line is that it was not the Gulfport trolley. When it came through it was Veteran’s City at the time,” said Cathy Salustri, GHS president. “Nobody wanted to go to Veteran’s City as much as they wanted to get over to the beaches.”

There were no bridges at the time, she said. Beachgoers would travel by trolley to Veteran’s City and take a boat ride across to the beach.

Most of the visitors came from nearby St. Petersburg, which was “a really well-planned city,” Salustri said. As the trolley traveled through Veteran’s City, the terrain changed, she said.

“It was like they were coming through swamp,” she said. “It wasn’t developed yet. “It was like going through the wilderness to get to Gulfport.”

The walking tour will highlight the history of the trolley and feature several stops along the historic route.

GHS plans to host four walking tours a month. Currently, it offers a haunted walking tour on the first Friday of every month and its Original Gulfport Walking Tour on the third Saturday of each month. Moving forward, the Veteran’s City Trolley Line Walking Tour will take place on the second Saturday of each month. A fourth tour is under development and will be added by the end of the year, Salustri said.

Visit www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org for tour times as the schedule will switch to evening tours for the summer.

Cost to attend each tour is $10. During the April 19 event, the cost for the walking tour is just $5 per person.

That same event will also feature a porch party at Trolley Market Square, a dedication of a new historic marker, live music from the Urban Gypsies and children’s activities.