Pass-a-Grille History

The Pass-a-Grille Market on 8th Ave

The Pass-a-Grille Market on 8th Ave

The 8th Avenue address, site of Civil War veteran Zepheniah Phillips first homestead in 1881, is still distinguished by its Early Florida architecture. Recently it has been made famous by Ripley's 'Believe It or Not' column as 'The World's Shortest Business Street' one block, Gulf to Bay.

The postcard was mailed March 1966 - "How goes the battle? Still making those footprints in the snow? I make them in the sand. At the end of this street is the Gulf of Mexico." 

George Lizotte's 1938 Interview about the Early Days in Pass-a-Grille

George Lizotte's, 1938 Evening Independent, interview about the 'Early Days' in Pass-a-Grille and his memories about opening the first hotel in 1896 - The Bonhomie.

The advertisement for the Hotel Bonhomie is from the St Petersburg Times 1908.

Bathing at the Don CeSar and the 1931 Society News with the famous pilot Jimmy Collins

Bathing at the Don CeSar and the 1931 Society News noting the visit of the famous pilot Jimmy Collins. Read about Jimmy Collins and the final dive of the Grumman XF3F-1 biplane fighter prototype.

Can you help solve this Pass-a-Grille mystery for Mary Ann Strasheim?

"We have a mystery and I hope someone will read this and let us know what happened. 55 years ago next month my Grandmother, Marie Neville, gave a clock and barometer to the PAG yacht club in memory of my Grandfather, Keith Neville.

We took a day trip to PAG to visit the Beaches Historical Museum and the Yacht Club to see the clock. It was not there and NO ONE knew what we were talking about when we asked about it. "

An Appeal for the Pass-a-Grille Highway 1917

An 1917 Appeal for the Pass-a-Grille Highway in the Evening Independent. This road would connect the town of Pass-a-Grille with the mainland and St. Petersburg.

Pass-a-Grille's Fisheteria from the 1940s

Pass-a-Grille's Fisheteria from the 1940s located on Pass-a-Grille Way.

"if you feel like a good fish dinner this is the place to come and get it" - from postcard mailed January 1949.

Waitress wanted from the Evening Independent June 1947.

The Holmes from Pennsylvania visit Pass-a-Grille Beach ca 1909

Mary Jane and Nason Holmes from Pennsylvania and a group of friends visited Pass-a-Grille Beach circa 1909. You will definitely enjoy their beachwear of the day along with those wonderful bonnets and derbies.

Casa Bonita - One of the Greatest Hotels Changes Hands -July 1946 & Gastronomic Experience 1948

Casa Bonita - One of the Greatest Hotels Changes Hands - July 1946

A 1948 advertisement for a $2.50 Sunday Dinner at Hotel Casa Bonita - Wow!

"Nothing is spared to make your visit to Casa Bonita's gastronomical experience you will long remember."

What's Happening in Pass-a-Grille in October 1938

Everyone will surely enjoy this October 1938 article from the Evening Independent. This is what is going on in Pass-a-Grille!

Pass-a-Grille aerial view mailed March 1966

Pass-a-Grille aerial view mailed March 1966
"Greetings from sunny Florida. Wish you were down here with us. Fishing has been good. It sure beats work."
(This is the perfect postcard greeting and it sounds like it came right from a 50s or 60s movie. Have you written one, just like this? 😎)

Lady Captures 60-Pound Tarpon - April 1908, St Petersburg Times

Lady Captures 60-Pound Tarpon - April 1908, St Petersburg Times
The Climax to a Trip to Famous Pass-a-Grille early 1900s postcard

 

1908 Shark Fishing in Pass-a-Grille - 'Tied a Tin Pail to Shark's Tail'

1908 Shark Fishing in Pass-a-Grille - 'Tied a Tin Pail to Shark's Tail, Paul McCaslin Puts a New Touch to Shark Fishing' from the St Petersburg Times April 1908