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The story of how Temple Terrace got its name

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Many consider Temple Terrace a part of Tampa, but it's not.

It has its own mayor and is the third largest incorporated municipality in Hillsborough County.

And Temple Terrace is a community that writes its own story.

It's one of those towns whose history is reflected in its name.

The "Temple" part comes from oranges. Little do people know that it was established as a golfing and citrus-growing community.

Temple Terrace was the first place in the United States to grow the hybrid-temple oranges -- hence "Temple."

That second part, "Terrace," is derived from the terraced areas that surround the winding Hillsborough River.

Not far from that river: The Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club -- one of the most historic golf courses in Florida.

It's also the place the Rev. Billy Graham decided he wanted to take up his ministry. Still to this day, a small marker on the course commemorates that spot.

The people who established this community envisioned a golfing community surrounded by orange groves. The rustle and bustle of city life -- connected with the rest of Tampa -- is far from that vision.

In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find an orange grove anywhere in the area.

The University of South Florida, Busch Gardens and the huge Yuengling beer factor sit nearby, and the main intersection of Busch Boulevard and 56th Street is always busy with traffic.

One other note: Temple Terrace is also the hometown of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

It is without a doubt one of our hidden gems.

This is a continuing series on Florida's Hidden Gems. Check back all week for more.

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