St. Petersburg, Florida: Fountain of Youth

Old time spa and rejuvenation attraction, remembered with a street-corner sign and water fountain.

Address:
402 1st St. S., St. Petersburg, FL
Directions:
Downtown, on the southeast corner of 1st St. S. and 4th Ave. S. Next to the Dali Museum parking lot.
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Fountain of Youth.

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The Fountain of Youth is located near The Dali Museum.

[Paul, 07/25/2019]

St. Petersburg, once known as "Health City," unleashed its original Fountain of Youth in 1901, issuing mineral water from an artesian well near a pier. A corner plaza near the Dali Museum parking lot pays tribute to the old tourist fixture with a public drinking fountain (which dispenses regular municipal tap water).

Fountain of Youth

The Fountain of Youth is not gone. It's still there.

[Dean Growe, 05/16/2018]

Fountain of Youth postcard.

Fountain of Youth - Vague Recollections

Remnants of one time attraction, formerly located near the St. Petersburg Pier. Industrialist Edwin Tomlinson dug a well in St. Petersburg, FL near a long pier going out into the bay in 1889. At the beginning of 20th century, Dr. Jesse Conrad bought the property and opened a spa on the location allowing for bathing and drinking of the well's sulphurous water. In 1946, the location moved due to a hurricane that destroyed the original pier.

For many years the location flourished as "the Fountain of Youth" and there were several different statues of Ponce de Leon on the site through the years until it closed for good in 1975.

Today the "fountain" is a water fountain behind Al Lang stadium and the original well water bubbles up in the middle of the bay!

[Rick Kilby, 03/01/2009]

Modern travelers must regain their vitality further north in Florida, at St. Augustine's Fountain of Youth.


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