Books in History by Steve Rajtar

Historic Photos of Gainesville

Historic Photos of Gainesville

Steve Rajtar

What began as a distribution center for shipping agricultural products around 150 years ago became a community noted in the twentieth century for its leadership in research and education. Historic...

Historic Photos of Florida Ghost Towns

Historic Photos of Florida Ghost Towns

Steve Rajtar

Unlike the movie ghost towns of the Old West, the ghost towns in Florida don’t have tumbleweeds rolling on deserted dirt roads, abandoned wooden saloons, and lone drifters on horseback. Although...

Remembering Gainesville

Remembering Gainesville

Steve Rajtar

Nearly 200 years ago, settlers arrived in Alachua County to grow cotton and other crops. By the middle of the nineteenth century, enough people resided in the area today known as Gainesville that they...

Remembering the University of Florida

Remembering the University of Florida

Steve Rajtar

Founded in 1906 in Gainesville as a consolidation of several smaller institutions focusing on agriculture, teacher training, and the military, the University of Florida enjoys a storied history. From...

Historic Photos of Tampa in the 50s, 60s, and 70s

Historic Photos of Tampa in the 50s, 60s, and 70s

Steve Rajtar

In the decades of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, one could wander through the city of Tampa and experience a rich variety of architectural styles, businesses, languages, and traditions, all mixed in with...