Port Richey, FL Snapshot – The city of Port Richey, FL has a total of 2.7 square miles, according to the US Census Bureau but seems much larger than that when I’m tooling around. According to the 2000 census there were over 3,700 people living in Port Richey. Port Richey, FL is located on the west coast about 35 miles north of Clearwater, FL and 20 miles north of Tarpon Springs, FL
Port Richey, FL Snapshot
How it all got started. In 1883, Aaron M. Richey arrived from Missouri and settled near the mouth of the Pithlachascotee River, later called Richey Point. Aaron needed a dock to moor his schooner so he purchased a small piece of riverfront property from a member of the pioneer Clark family and immediately named that piece of property “Port Richey.”
Mail was being carried from Brooksville to Anclote by horseback. He decided to establish a post office and name it the “Port Richey Post Office.” And chose himself to act as the first postmaster and also operated a small general store on Richey Point.
The City of Port Richey was established in 1925. It currently resides at 6333 Ridge Rd, Port Richey, FL 34668 and is open M-F 8 am-4 pm. Susan Clark served on the first City Council which very forward-thinking of the City to have a woman on Council in 1925.
The City of New Port Richey had established itself as a city in 1924; which pushed Port Richey into doing so in 1925. The name Port Richey is much older than New Port Richey.
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash owned a home along the Pithlachascotee River from 1979 (inherited from Maybelle Carter) to 2002.
Much of Port Richey is along the waterfront and there are some charming pocket parks there.