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Safety Harbor

Located on Tampa Bay’s west shore in Florida’s Pinellas County, Safety Harbor beckons for its historic sites. The place is known to have been inhabited by Stone Age dwellers. The beautiful small city in central Florida was incorporated in 1917. Safety Harbor derived its name when, during the early 18th century, threats emanating from pirates — who were an overriding influence in the place — disappeared when ships reached that area of the bay.

Perched at Safety Habor is the celebrated Espiritu Santo Springs, also called “Springs of the Holy Spirit” that became one of Florida’s historical markers. The natural mineral spring was named as such back in 1539 by the Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto who led the very first European expedition deep into US territory. Carrying the belief that he had found the mythical Fountain of Yoouth, De Soto established camp near the mineral springs used by the native population for about 10,000 years. Much earlier, Indian shell mound builders set foot in the area, followed by the Tocobaga Indians and then the Seminoles, who attributed mystical powers to the spring waters where they fished and bathed. read more…

Located on Tampa Bay’s west shore in Florida’s Pinellas County, Safety Harbor beckons for its historic sites. The place is known to have been inhabited by Stone Age dwellers. The beautiful small city in central Florida was incorporated in 1917. Safety Harbor derived its name when, during the early 18th century, threats emanating from pirates — who were an overriding influence in the place — disappeared when ships reached that area of the bay.

Perched at Safety Habor is the celebrated Espiritu Santo Springs, also called “Springs of the Holy Spirit” that became one of Florida’s historical markers. The natural mineral spring was named as such back in 1539 by the Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto who led the very first European expedition deep into US territory. Carrying the belief that he had found the mythical Fountain of Yoouth, De Soto established camp near the mineral springs used by the native population for about 10,000 years. Much earlier, Indian shell mound builders set foot in the area, followed by the Tocobaga Indians and then the Seminoles, who attributed mystical powers to the spring waters where they fished and bathed.

The Florida haven passed from one owner to another. With the “Great Florida Land Boom” during the early 1920’s, Captain James F. Tucker and his wife bought the mineral springs and nearby undeveloped lands. They formed a corporation and started developing the springs area in the eastern part of Safety Harbor. By 1945, the springs and sanitorium were sold to naturopathic medicine pioneer Dr. Salem H. Baranoff, who opened the facility as a health spa. It is now what is known as Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. It was in 1997 that the Safety Harbor Spa became one of the Heritage Landmarks of Florida. Today, parties, weddings, and bar mitzvahs and parties are continually held at the Safety Harbor Spa.

Safety Harbor exudes an invigorating small town charm that lures visitors and locals. To get a feel of Florida in its ancient or natural state, historic sites like Philippe Park that contains an ancient ceremonial mound. Shells from the ceremonial mounds were used to pave the city streets.

Certainly an ideal destination for people who are into arts & culture, Safety Harbor sites have yielded pottery as well as copper, stone, and shell artifacts. A present-day museum carries the plethora of items including tools and bones, plus photographs of ancient artifacts. Rotating exhibits also mesmerize visitors.

Like most small towns, the main street is often closed down to give way to a community event. Safety Harbor is often abuzz with festivals and activities downtown. When not enjoying ghost tours and getting a whiff of history from a knowledgeable tour guide while in Clearwater, visitors check out the cute little shops.

Modern-day Safety Harbor has undergone renovation. Hotel, a retail shopping promenade and residential properties have been built, while retaining the nice view of Tampa Bay’s serene waters. The allure of the place continues to lie in its enduring mystery and enchanting backstory.


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