Brandon is a suburb of Tampa and is one of the worst examples of unrestrained sprawl I've ever seen. Some of the highlights are horrific traffic on terribly ugly roads, an overcrowded and overpriced 'town center' mall with a parking lot bigger than Rhode Island, huge 'big box' stores so poorly placed that they seem randomly dropped from the sky, and more lousy chain restaurants than you could possibly stomach.
Ugg. Did I mention traffic?
Fondest memory: Seeing it dwindle in the rear-view mirror.
Take a map with you. Many people think Brandon is limited to State Road 60 (Brandon Blvd.). This is far from the truth. You need to take a map with you to locate things within Brandon. A good phone book also helps.
Fondest memory: When we first moved to Brandon, we couldn't believe how low the Crime Rate was. We are from the Midwest, and the crime rates up there are SIGNIFICANTLY higher. We also couldn't believe how laid back life is down here.
learn history of Brandon Town.
John Brandon, the founder of Brandon town, was born in 1809. John, his wife Victoria and son James Henry came from Mississippi around 1857, bringing with them seven slaves and first naming future Brandon ‘New Hope’. Area was full of palmettos and underbrush and wilderness. James married Johanna Cavacevich, a relative of the first Anglo-American to locate in the Tampa Bay area. James was captured in the Civil war and was a prisoner in the Rock Island, Ill. He was released in 1866, arrived home and built a log cabin in the spot that Brandon Bowling Lanes now stands. His son John William Brandon was born in 1867 in this cabin and was the first child born in Brandon.