CB-ers refer to Tampa as "Cigar City," but the real cigar city is a neighborhood of Tampa called Ybor (pronounced ē-bor) City. Vincente Martinez-Ybor, a wealthy Spanish cigar manufacturer from New York and Key West began development of Ybor City in 1885. In 1886, 500 Cuban cigarmakers boarded the sidewheeler Hutchinson in Key West and sailed for Tampa. By the end of the year, there were more than 3,000 workers in Ybor, and for the next 40 years, Ybor City was the "Cigar Capital of the World."
Ybor's cigarmaking peaked in 1929, and then the Great Depression caused a steady decline of the neighborhood. In recent years, Ybor has revitalized. The streets, above, are sleepy during the daytime but turn into a hot night spot.