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Ruskin, FL

Ruskin is an unincorporated census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. U.S. Route 41 currently runs through the center of the community. The town was founded August 7, 1908 on the shores of the Little Manatee River. It was developed by Dr. George McAnelly Miller, an attorney and professor at Ruskin College in Trenton, Missouri, and Mrs. Adaline D. Miller. It is named after the essayist and social critic John Ruskin (1819–1900). Miller established the short-lived Ruskin College. To gain a sense of the Zeitgeist of the founding philosophy, note that in the old Ruskin City area there is a Carlyle Blvd named for Thomas Carlyle and there once was a Morris Park named for William Morris.

Ruskin remained largely agricultural, including large tomato crops, until recent decades when it expanded with suburban housing developments. The population was 17,208 at the 2010 census. The town is home to Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve.


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