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Bloomingdale, Florida is an unincorporated area of Hillsborough County, located between Brandon and Valrico.
Bloomingdale's population is about 23,000 as of the 2010 census.
With a total area of 7.9 square miles, of which 7.8 square miles is land and 0.1 square mile is water, the community of Bloomingdale is home to Bell Shoals, which is located along the Alafia River.
Bloomingdale was settled some time before 1850 by John Vickers, John Carney, and others. Carney was killed on April 17, 1856 by Seminole Indians during the Third Seminole War.
Bloomingdale School was founded in 1884, and became a teacher's institute in 1897, training an average of 54 teachers at a time from as far North as Gainesville and as far South as Dade County.
In 1890 the railway was routed through Brandon, and Bloomingdale began to decline as businessmen like D.J. Galvin, who owned a feed store on property that later became the Mulrennan Middle School, moved to Brandon for greater access to the railroad.
In 1910, Bloomingdale's post office closed. and in 1920 the school closed, moving all of the students to Brandon. The community didn't grow until the 1960s, when it became a bedroom community for Tampa.
Our mini-guide to Bloomingdale, below, will help you discover more about this beautiful location in the Tampa metropolitan area of Florida.