Temple Terrace, Florida

Named after the hybrid "Temple" oranges and the surrounding "Terraced" terrain, Temple Terrace is known for its rolling landscape, scenic Hillsborough River, and majestic oak trees.

The Hillsborough River and its shores abound wit with aquatic life, wildlife, and birds. Upstream, it is well-suited to canoe and kayak exploration.  Downstream, it is used by groups of power-boaters, water skiers, wake boarders, and jet-skiers.  Fishermen use all of it. 

In 1921 Temple Terrace, designed in the Mediterranean Revival style by Dwight James Baum and M. Leo Elliott, was one of the first planned golf course communities in the US. Eleven buildings designed by Elliott remain in the city.

Many of Temple Terrace's residents teach or work at the nearby University of South Florida. Temple Terrace is also home to Florida College, a private liberal arts Christian college. Billy Graham attended Florida College (then Florida Bible Institute) in the late 1930s. In his autobiography he writes he received his calling on the 18th green of the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club. A Billy Graham Memorial Park is on the east side of the 18th green on the river.

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