Espiritu Santo Springs

Espiritu Santo Springs (HMTV7)

Location: Safety Harbor, FL 34695 Pinellas County
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N 27° 59.458', W 82° 41.258'

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Where Healing Waters Flow

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 waters Espiritu Santo 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 visitors yearly to the "Health Giving City" of Safety Harbor.

The Safety Harbor Sanitorium opened its doors 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.

Florida Heritage Landmark
HM NumberHMTV7
Marker NumberF-381
Year Placed1998
Placed ByThe Safety Harbor Resort and Spa and Florida Department of State, Sandra B. Mortham, Secretary of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 2:26am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 334040 N 3097349
Decimal Degrees27.99096667, -82.68763333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 59.458', W 82° 41.258'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 59' 27.48" N, 82° 41' 15.48" W
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Area Code(s)727
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 114-274 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor FL 34695, US
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