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Espiritu Santo Springs - Safety Harbor, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member debbado
N 27° 59.454 W 082° 41.269
17R E 334022 N 3097341
Quick Description: Where Healing Waters Flow
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 1/3/2009 8:19:35 AM
Waymark Code: WM5G8N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 24

Long Description:
On May 18, 1539, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the shores of what is now Tampa Bay, landing near these mineral springs used by the native population for nearly 10,000 years. Believing he had found the legendary Fountain of Youth somehow missed by Ponce de Leon, de Soto established a camp here, naming the crystal clear waters Espiritu Santa Springs - "Springs of the Holy Spirit."

Each of the five springs located on this site was identified and said to cure certain ailments, a claim drawing thousands of visits yearly to the "Health Giving City" of Safety Harbor.

The Safety Harbor Sanitorium opened its doors here in 1926, offering porcelain bath tubs and a large swimming pool for "taking the waters". In 1945 the springs and sanitorium were sold to Dr. Salem H. Baranoff, who opened the facility as a health spa.

Today the springs continue to attract health-conscious travelers.
Marker Number: F-381

Date: 1998

County: Pinellas

Marker Type: Plaque

Sponsored or placed by: The Safety Harbor Resort and Spa and Florida Department of State

Website: [Web Link]

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