Pictured at left: David and Erik Anderson
The Jungle Prada site was a Tocobaga Indian village from roughly 1300 – 1500 AD. The Tocobaga built large mounds of earth and shell. The largest of these mounds is 900′ feet long, 150′ feet wide, and is 23′ feet above sea level.
In 1843 local turtle farmer and legendary pirate John Levique made the Jungle Prada site part of his 160-acre homestead. Levique valued the high ground of the mounds for their safety during storms.
John Levique dies in 1873 with no heirs, his homestead transfers to a grocer in Tampa to settle a $46 dollar grocery bill.
Walter P. Fuller purchases the 160-acre plot including the Jungle Prada site around the year 1911 for the sum of $2500.
Alpine Lucas purchased the old Levique homestead from Walter Fuller in the 1930s for an unknown amount. Lucas builds his home at the 1400 block of Park Street and divides the rest of the property into lots for sale.
Local business owner Harold C. Anderson purchases the lot containing the largest portion of the midden mound for his home from Mr. Lucas for around $20,000 in 1940. Mr. Anderson dedicates himself to preserving the mounds, referring to himself as the caretaker or the steward of the mound site.
In 1964, Mr. Anderson invites archaeologist Frank Bushnell to study the mound. In 1995 a year-long dig is conducted by the Central Gulf Coast Archeological Society. In 1997 Harold Anderson receives a National Preservation Award for his protection of the site.
Harold’s son Erik and his grandson David continue his legacy of stewardship today! David Anderson is a certified horticulture professional with years of experience at some of Florida’s finest botanical gardens.