Juan Ponce de León Statue - St. Augustine, FL, USA
N 29° 54.424 W 081° 18.863
17R E 469650 N 3308529
Quick Description: A statue of Juan Ponce de León is located on the grounds of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine, Florida, USA.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 8/25/2008 6:03:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM4HDF
The city of St. Augustine, Florida is home to the Fountain of Youth National Archaeological Park, a tribute to the spot where Ponce de León is traditionally said to have landed. The tourist attraction was created by Luella Day McConnell in 1904. "Diamond Lil", as she was known, fabricated stories to amuse and appall the city’s residents and tourists until her death in 1927.
Though the fountain situated there is not "the" Fountain, this does not stop tourists from drinking its water. The park exhibits native and colonial artifacts to celebrate St. Augustine's Timucuan and Spanish heritage.
Regardless of the whether the legends associated with the Fountain of Youth are fact or fiction, there is a statue of the famous explorer on the park's grounds.
Plaque on the front of the statue's base:
Plaque on the back of the statue's base: