“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ybor City in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Old Government Spring

Old Government Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, 2001
1. Old Government Spring Marker
Inscription.  For centuries, Tocobaga Indians drew water from this deep natural spring. When U.S. Army troops arrived in 1824, they quickly discovered this natural resource. Twice a day, government wagons hauled water to Fort Brooke. Despite a strong taste of iron and sulfur, the waters of "Old Government Spring" provided supplies for Fort Brooke, Tampa and Ybor City for more than a century.

In 1882, the U.S. government deeded the property to Martha Brown, who sold this spring to her son-in-law, Capt. John T. Lesley. In 1886, Cyrus Snodgrass purchased the spring property and built the Ybor City Ice Works on this site.

In 1895, the spring served as a swimming and health resort, called the Ybor City Natatorium. In 1896, Florida's first brewery was erected here. The Florida Brewing Company produced La Tropical Beer and Ale until it closed in the early 1960s.
Erected 1998 by Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 27° 57.522′ N, 82° 26.701′ W. Marker was in Ybor City, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker was at the intersection of North 13th Street and East 5th Avenue, on the left when traveling south on North 13th Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Tampa FL 33605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Cradle of Cuban Liberty (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rough Riders (about 600 feet away); Sociedad La Union Marti~Maceo (about 700 feet away); Ybor City Historic District (about 700 feet away); Jose Marti (about 700 feet away); Antonio Maceo Grajales (about 700 feet away); Tampa's Oldest Restaurant (about 800 feet away); La Casa de Pedroso (approx. 0.2 miles away).
Regarding Old Government Spring. There is some debate on the exact location of the spring though it is within the general vicinity where this marker was located.
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on February 26, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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