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ESCAMBIA COUNTY SITES:
Perdido River -- Perdido means lost in Spanish. The upper river is known for producing ancient Paleo-Indian spear-points, and the upper river is popular for canoeists and has many clear water streams flowing into it. This area is a potluck of rope swings, dive platforms, and primitive beaches, all of these should be checked for dropped gold. At the lower Perdido, check Paradise Beach, where US 98 crosses the river at Cumming's Point.
CATONMENT - is on US 29 N. of Pensacola. Just to the Southeast, is where General Jackson's troops camped (on the Don Gonzalez Ranch) in 1814, apparently between the forks of Spanish Mill Creek (N30° 35.511¢ W87° 17.484¢ ) while Jackson stayed at the Gonzalez home, Vacaria Baja about 1/2 mile E. of the marker on Hwy. 29. Troops of this era were paid in gold, and with long days in camp, drinking, gambling, washing & getting water in the creek, some of it was bound to find its way into the cold water Spanish Mill, or Big Rock Creek, (N30° 37.51¢ W87° 15.91¢) N. of Beck's Lake Road. A boat ramp provides access off the end of Beck's Lake Road.
CENTURY - is on US 29, N. of Catonment, almost at the Alabama line, this town was founded in 1900 to house mill employees of the Alger - Sullivan Lumber Company which owned the Century Mill, the largest mill in Fla. It is not hard to find traces of the mill and relics today, by walking up Mill Creek (N30° 58.314¢ W87° 15.961¢) and surveying the water with Polaroid glasses. The N. fork of it can be reached by taking CR 4A west to Backwoods road S., or by staying on CR 4A until it eventually doubles back and crosses both branches.
JOHNSON BEACH - has been a magnet for navy personnel every since Pensacola was made an air station in 1913. A large searchcoil on a metal detector worked perpendicular to the beach should turn up glistening metal here.
LANGDON BEACH - is opposite Fort Pickens State Park, and also happens to be just SW of 1500's well site for the town of Pensacola, that was located on the island at that time, to the E. is Casino Beach, site of a 1559 Catholic Mass.
EMANUEL POINT, PENSACOLA - (N20° 35.31¢ W87° 10.73¢) off this point is the site of the 1500's period shipwreck currently under study by the State of Florida.
ESCAMBIA RIVER - the upper river has large boating, swimming, and canoeing activity. There is a boat ramp located at the end of Beck's Lake Road on Big Rock Creek, that bordered the Gonzalez ranch of the early 1800's (see #2).
SANTA ROSA COUNTY SITES:
BIG COLDWATER CREEK - (N30° 52.95¢ W86° 57.48¢) is located off Hwy. 4 midway between Munson and Berrydale. This river is a popular canoeist destination, in addition to their dropped gold; it also produces fine archaic spear-points.
BLACKWATER RIVER STATE FOREST AREA SPRINGS -- indicated on the map below are springs E. &W. of Munson & N. of SR.4. Doubtful either of these springs has been much explored since Hernando De Soto explored this area in 1540. The spring to the W. of Munson is the easiest to get to; it is off a branch of Thompson Spring Branch.
GULF BREEZE - just off Deadman's Island is an English shipwreck dating between 1763 - 1781 in a cove used by the British for the repair and refitting of ships. Although the ship has not been positively identified, it is thought to be the HMS Florida, HMS West Florida, or HMS Stork, according to Roger Smith, the state's underwater archaeologist (Goodwin, 1). If this ship is indeed one of the three, it means two untouched shipwrecks are yet to be found in this vicinity
CHUMUCKLA SPRINGS - at the end of Mineral Springs Road (off SR 197) is a boat ramp giving access to the upper reaches of the Escambia River at where the clear Chumuckla Springs run enters it from the East. Any of the clear water creeks that enter the river are prime sites to look for gold jewelry under rope swings and dive platforms, but the area also produces fine prehistoric spear-points.
OCKALOOSA COUNTY SITES:
OLD SPANISH TRAIL: this county's entire width is spanned by the trail the Spaniards used to link 16 & 1700's Pensacola, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine, and is modern mans SR 10 & 90. Fording sites where treasures could have been easily dropped or purposely buried would be at Yellow River, E. of Crestview, & Shoal River, W. of Crestview on SR 10 & 90.
FORT WALTON - the snowy beaches of Fort Walton have been the repository of Air Force personnel's gold since 1935, and thousands of tourists and spring breakers every since then. A top producer has been Garner Beach, on Beachview Drive in Ocean City, but the Miracle Strip beaches of Liza Jackson Park, John C. Beasley Park, Ross Marler Park, and Wayside Park's Silver Beach are all good too!
BLUE SPRING -- (N30° 38.78 W86° 27.17) a large undisturbed spring just off a jeep trail that comes S. of its branch off the Titi River, N. of Valparaiso. CR. 280, 3.7 mi. west of its intersection with SR. 285, comes reasonably close to the spring (to the N.), but most of the roads and trails in this region are unnamed. This one will take a little research on your part to get to, but it any of these backwoods springs are likely still holding anything that went in. Could be well worth the effort!
WALTON COUNTY SITES:
EUCHEE SPRINGS - is also known as the Boy Scout Camp Euchee Springs and has been used by them for years as a recreation facility. The springs are in a forested area and are scattered to the N. end of an impoundment area. The springs are seeps that eventually become the Bishop Branch of Bear Creek. They are located at 30° 43¢ 40² N., 86° 12¢ 23² W., or 3.7 miles W. of Hwy. 187 on Hwy. 90 and then 1 mi. S. to the entrance to Boy Scout Camp Euchee Springs.
MORRISON SPRING - has been described as being "one of the finest freshwater dives in the Florida (DeLoach, 127), attracting so many divers here as to make it profitable for a diving concession. Morrison Spring actually has a pseudo-bottom, as a large limestone ledge lurks below the spring pool, then there is a cliff dive to the spring floor 45 ft. below, a where two cave entrances begin. For a shallow treasure dive, the limestone ledge covers with silt frequently, hiding lost valuables from swimmers and divers alike. Where the ledge mates with the sides of the spring is a good area to begin fanning off the sand, and if the ledge is covered it usually takes a tank-full of air to investigate. The deep dive, to the cave entrances, requires even more air and patience, but the area ahead of the caves (in the light) is the ultimate repository of lost gold jewelry, relics, and spear-points. This is one of the deeper dives, and working consumes much more air and energy than sightseeing, so get in shape, and watch your air!
BEACHES - off US 98 that are well populated, are: Miramar & Tang O' Mar, at Gulf Pines; off SR. 30A the beaches are: Dune Allen Beach, at Beach Highlands; Blue Mountain Beach, at Blue Gulf Beach; and Grayton Beach, in the Grayton Beach State Recreation Area.
BASIN BAYOU - This state recreation area has a beach at Alaqua Pt. Frequented by Elgin AFB personnel. The beach itself is a good place to look for spearheads at low tide.
PLEASANT RIDGE SPRING - I have not been to this spring, but it can be reached by taking Pleasant Ridge Road off SR. 280 to Hewitt Road, go W. 1/4 mi. and look for the spring on your right (North). This location is SW of the town of Defuniak Springs. Good luck!
LAKE ALAQUA -- (N30° 44.092' W86° 12.288) -- W. of the town of Defuniak Springs off Hwy. 90 on Boy Scout Road. Camp Euchee is at the end of Boy Scout Road, and Lake Alaqua gets considerable use from the scouts. There are two diving platforms at opposite ends of the lake to search. The water is extremely clear, as it is in the sister lake to the West of Boy Scout Road. Both of these bodies of water are worth a thorough search, but have some backup locations picked out, because I don't know about access.
LAKE DEFUNIAK -- in the center of the 1800's town of Defuniak Springs. The whole town was centered on this lake. Now it apparently is no longer used for swimming, as the old beach is grown up with weeds, and as old-timers die off, so will the memories that there was a beach! There is a strong possibility that the water off the beach has never been detected. Bound to be some very valuable old gold here!
LAKE SYLVIA -- (N30° 43.705' W86° 11.015') is a spring/sink SW of Defuniak Springs, between US. 10 & Hwy. 90. This appears to be a very deep spring/sink, and was extraordinarily clear from the air.
SPRING LAKES -- (N30° 45.088' W86° 03.71') N.E. of the town of Defuniak Springs, should be good sites to find treasure due to being so close to the Old Spanish Road to Tallahassee & the large number of docks and vacation sites on this large clear lake. To get to Spring Lake #1, take SR. 183/Kidd Road N. of Defuniak Springs to the first road to the right (E.), and a dirt road will take you all the way around the lake to a boat ramp on the W. side. Spring Lake #2 is not populated with homes, has a large number logs in it to contend with.
WASHINGTON COUNTY SITES:
Cowford Island - (N30° 26.14¢ W85° 54.12¢) according to John L. Williams' 1827 map of N. Florida, this was the site of the original Spanish crossing of the Choctawhatchee River. The second is the Hwy. 20 span of the river. Cowpore road, a mile W. of Hwy. 20's river crossing dead ends at the old Cowford Ferry. Early ferry sites typically produce excellent relic finds, and sometimes caches of valuables.
BLUE SPRING - roughly 50 ft wide and 100 ft. long, Blue Spring is clear, with a blue green tint except when flooded by Holmes Creek. At the time of my dive, the spring was 26 feet deep, and the run was 2.5 feet deep, but this depth varies with the flow of Holmes Creek. Although I did not have time to hunt the site, there is a hill to the SW overlooking the spring that may have been an Indian mound, and I have a picture of an old diving board jutting out over the water from that location.
CYPRESS SPRING - (30° 39¢ 29² N., 85° 41¢ 04² W.) is NE of Vernon at the head of a spring run which enters Holmes Creek, 1 mi. upriver from Beckton Springs by boat, or take Hwy. 79 N. of Vernon 2.4 miles to the Cypress Springs Road and turn right to the commercially operated dive and camping site. Cypress Spring's pool is nearly circular, with a diameter of 150 feet. The 18-ft. deep water is clear, and the bottom is sand, so it should be easy to fan down to bedrock for jewelry.
BECKTON SPRING - (N30° 38.63¢ W85° 41.68¢) is a large (25 million gal. /day) 2nd magnitude spring downriver from Cypress Spring and is hard to hunt, due to boulders hiding the vent, although the 22 ft. depth ensures that anything left by contemporary or early man is still there. The spring does have a nice pool, measuring 175 by 100 feet. It can be reached by canoeing downriver from Cypress Spring.
WALSINGHAM SPRING - (30° 28¢ 32² N., 85° 31¢ 43² W.) is a small spring possibly used for water at one time, and is 0.4 mi. S. of the Walsingham Bridge, and 6.5 mi. W. of Fountain.
WILLIFORD SPRING - (30° 26¢ 21² N., 85° 32¢ 52² W.) is 7 mi. W of Hwy. 231 & 1000 ft. N. of SR. 20 on the West bank of Econfina Creek, N. of the town of Bennett. Williford has a short run that enters from the river's W. side 0.1 mi. upstream of the Hwy. 20 bridge. Gold is likely hiding beneath the sand of this beautiful little spring, that has been used for camping by generations of people, and its shallow depth of 13 ft., makes it an easy all day dive on two tanks. Just S. of this spring are Pitts and Gainer Springs in Bay County.
OLD SPANISH TRAIL - the ford site for the Choctawhatchee River is just W. of Caryville, where the US 90 &10 bridge is located. Easy bottle and artifact finds should be here, if you wait for times of low water (Oct.).
HOLMES COUNTY SITES:
JACKSON SPRING - (30° 42¢ 41² N., 85° 55¢ 41² W.) was not in shape to dive when I visited, as the river was high and the spring backed up with river water. It can be reached by driving 0.8 mi. S. on SR 81 and looking on the S. side of US 10 & SR 8 for Sandy Creek, the spring is then 0.5 mi. SE, on the W. side of Sandy Creek, or go 1 mi. SE. of Ponce De Leon Spring on Sandy Creek by canoe.
PONCE DE LEON SPRINGS - (30° 43¢ 16² N., 85° 55¢ 51² W.) is located within the Ponce De Leon State Recreation Area at the corners of Hwy 10 & SR 81, across from the rest stop E. of Defuniak Springs. Since the state took the area over, diving has not been allowed (call and complain). Depths are to 18 feet, and much of the side areas can be fanned by snorkel. This area used to be a popular way-stop for travelers before the interstate system, and there is sure to be some old gold lurking at the bottom of this spring.
VORTEX BLUE SPRING - (30° 46¢ 14² N., 85° 56¢ 55² W.) is a commercially run recreation area, and can be reached by taking SR 81 N from its intersection with US 10, through the town of Ponce De Leon, 5 mi. N. to Vortex Spring Road. This spring has a large deep pool 250-ft. in diameter, sloping sides, a cavern system, and a vigorous boil. At the vent, 55 ft. below the surface, the limestone bedrock is exposed, so the diver can easily work the vent outward towards the sloping sides of the spring in a circular fashion and not miss anything. A look at the picture reveals all the other possible locations for finding valuables: walkway; diving board; swim platforms; pier, and step-downs. Also on this property is a canoe concession, dive shop, two lodges, and a restaurant. The combination of tourists in number, and many water based recreational activities, ensures this, and the spring's Blue Run, as a top spot to find gold! And remember, no matter how much you find the tourists replenish it each year!
BLUE SPRING - (30° 51¢ 04² N., 85° 53¢ 09² W.) is across from Cork Island on the Choctawhatchee River, equivalent to 1 mi. N. of Cerrogordo, on CR 179 A. Due to the river being flooded, I did not dive this spring, but it is clear, and should be a good location to find Paleo-Indian spear- points.
THUNDERING SPRING - (N30° 55.260¢ W85° 53.515¢) was not visited, but a 1914 atlas shows it as being called Turner Spring, and a schoolhouse being located at the spring. A DeLorme map shows the spring off CR 179 A, 2.3-mi. NE. of Barker Store on a hard road that offshoots South, and then take the first (rt.) road W. and go across Windmill Branch Creek about 200 yards looking to the E. for the spring. Kids + water = old coins!
POPLAR SPRINGS POND - (N30° 57.58¢ W85° 34.72¢ ) is shown as the location of a schoolhouse on the 1914 atlas (Moore, 19), and can be reached by going 0.3 mi. S. on CR 173 from the intersection of CR 173 & SR 2, the pond is E. of CR 173. The next road to your left will take you to the back-side of the pond. When I flew over this site, there appeared to be camping activity around the E. end of the pond, and the water was extremely clear at that time.
BAY COUNTY SITES:
PANAMA CITY BEACHES - have long been known as hot-spots for fantastic finds of jewelry, especially after spring break each year. As with all beach hunting, working perpendicular to the beach with a metal detector and large searchcoil should put you onto something fast. These are the beaches off US ALT. 98: Hollywood Beach, Laguna Beach, Panama City Beach & Pier, Bay County Pier & Park. Further S., on CR 392 A, you'll find: Panama City Beach, Gulf Lagoon Beach, Biltmore Beach, and St. Andrew's State Recreation Area.
PITTS SPRING -- (N30° 26.031¢ W85° 32.869¢ ) has a 40 ft. diameter pool and is just off the Econfina River N. of its junction with Hwy. 20. GAINER SPRING (N30° 25.480¢ W85° 32.756¢ ) is just S. of the river's junction with Hwy. 20. Both are excellent sites to fan for large, thick, broad stemmed Hamilton Spearheads from the early archaic (3-6000 BC) period.
GULF COUNTY SITES:
Although not a site, per se, I believe the next major treasure ship find will be on the reef off Cape San Blas, and have written a research document to support my conclusion. In summary, the reef extends a considerable distance into the gulf with very deep water, until it shoals abruptly, giving virtually no warning to the navigator depending on the sounding lead for safety. The early Spanish named the cape Cabo Escondido (end hidden or cape hidden), and it is almost certain that a number of ships met their fate here to give such a pronounced warning on the early charts. Among the ships Steven Singer lists as wrecks in his book Shipwrecks of Florida, are the Spanish brig Ferdinand VII, which wrecked on the cape as late as 1852, the 738 ton schooner Kele B., which wrecked in March 1875, and the Herman Oelrichs, a 76 ton schooner that stranded on the shoals Dec. 22, 1910. I feel certain that if ships were stranding on this cape after navigational tools became "good," then there must certainly be a long list of pre-1700's ship names permanently tattooed on the reef's rocky face from the age when navigational tools and practices were questionable. An old Jeffrey's map "Plan of the Bay of St. Joseph, in the Gulf of Mexico," shows the 1717 French Fort Crevecaeur as being directly opposite St. Joseph Point, on the mainland side, near where an unnamed ("Freshwater") creek (N29° 52.77¢ W85° 21.09¢ ) empties into the bay. This fort was a stockaded, four-bastion fort, occupied approximately four months during the French invasion of Spanish Florida. There is a state marker located 6.3 miles west of Port St. Joe on Hwy. 98 that claims to be located directly upon the fort's site. The bay opposite this creek is also noted on 1700's navigational charts, as the anchorage for ships (to replenish water), so some very old English rum bottles (each sailor had a ration a day) could be found here (a plain 1660's green glass wine bottle found in Stamford CT. recently sold for $1,150at a Christie's auction).
CONCH ISLAND -- (N29° 43.46¢ W85° 18.71¢ ) was known as Savage Island in the 1700's - a search around it will likely turn up spearheads and pottery.
FRANKLIN COUNTY SITES:
SPANISH FORT SITE -- A Jeffrey's Map, "Plan of the Bay of St. Joseph in the Gulf of Mexico," for Bay County shows a 1719 Spanish fort on the West Side of the mouth off a finger-bay of the Apalachicola River. Today, that fort would appear to have been located opposite Apalachicola on the tip of the sand spit (N29° 43.93¢ W84° 59.19¢) that encloses Turtle Harbor.
FORT GADSEN - (N29° 56.507¢ W85° 00.747¢) was blown up when a hot shot hit the powder magazine in an a raid by Andrew Jackson's troops in 1819, spewing its contents into the river below with much loss of life. Although an interpretive station is nearby, the fort actually stood at the coordinates, overlooking the river. The 1800's town of Colington was planned for this bluff but never made it to fruition. Take Brickyard road from Hwy. 65 to Gadsen Road. The site is opposite where Gadsen Road runs closest to the river.
GoldMask found in Hunter's Spring
JACKSON COUNTY SITES:
BLACK SPRING - (N30° 41.894¢ W85° 17.644¢) is, as its name implies, jet black. Whatever has been lost (or hidden) in it is almost certainly still here. The pool is 70 feet in diameter and 75 feet deep, with one of its runs emptying into Spring Lake, which is clear. Take Hwy. 167 S. from Marianna to its intersection with 276A, then go 1mi. further and take the dirt road to the left to the spring. This is a dangerous dive!!!
BLUE SPRING - (N30° 37.071¢ W84° 55.185¢) is 3 miles S. of the Hwy. 10 crossing of the Apalachicola River with its run discharging from the W. bank. The only access is from the Apalachicola River.
BLUE SPRINGS -- (N30° 47.25¢ W85° 08.26¢) is in the NE corner of MERRITT'S MILL POND, 5 mi. E. of Marianna on Hwy. 164. This is a 1st magnitude spring, discharging 186 million gals. /day, and has been operated as a resort in the past. For over 20 years, a concrete diving platform stood at the head of the 20-ft. deep spring. Although no scuba is allowed at the main spring, it can be free dived. Scuba is allowed in the rest of the millpond, and it has many other springs to explore and the bottom is littered with relics in its 4-mile trek to the Chipola River. Fanning around the main spring's vent and where the platform stood may turn up old gold jewelry and a search of the rest of the pond with scuba is almost a certain score for relics.
CHIPOLA RIVER S. OF MERRITT'S MILL POND DAM -- the best place for finding fossils is where the dam's waters wash out the bottom of the river. Many fossils are found here! Access to the Chipola by canoe can be made at the Hwy. 280 bridge.
BLUE HOLE SPRING -- (N30° 49.13¢ W85° 14.72¢) had a diving board located on the E. bank when I was a kid, and was equipped with shower and dressing rooms, with picnic tables nearby. I know for a fact there is a 1958 silver Franklin half-dollar in this spring because I lost it here as a child. The spring is located in the NW part of Fla. Caverns State Park in a forest area W. of the Chipola River. The spring pool is 100 ft. across, and depths are 25 feet. The bottom is sandy, and dive conditions can be poor unless the Chipola is low, as murky river water often inundates the spring.
BOZEL SPRING - (N30° 49.50¢ W85° 14.05¢) is accessible by boat only. From the ramp at Fla. Caverns State Park, go 1 mile upstream on the Chipola to the run on the E. bank, then go 0.2 miles to the spring. Bosel Spring is clear, discharging 42 million gals. /day, depths are to 10 feet, and it has a sandy bottom and 800 ft. run to the Chipola. I suspect this is an excellent site to fan for 10,000 BC Clovis spearpoints and I know prehistoric sharks tooth finds are common at this location!
CAVE SPRING - (N30° 44.552¢ W85° 17.035¢ ) is just W. of the Hwy. 167 roadway, S. of its intersection with Hwy. 276.
DANIEL SPRINGS - (N30° 56.55 W85° 18.28) are two springs discharging into Marshall's Creek, E. of Campbellton. They can be reached by taking the first road (N30° 56.39¢ W85° 19.94¢) West of where Hwy. 2 crosses Marshall's Creek and going N (straight) to the spring.
DOUBLE SPRING -- (N30° 42.214¢ W85° 18.137¢ ) is upstream 0.8 miles NW from the boat ramp at Black Spring, then up a short run to the spring. The spring vent is 47 feet deep and 20 ft. in diameter, and was once used as a local swimming hole.
GADSEN SPRING - (N30° 42.13¢ W85° 17.18¢ ) can be reached by canoe from Spring Lake. Its run is located on Spring Lake's E. shore.
MILL POND SPRING - (N30° 42.13¢ W85° 18.27¢) is on the SW corner of the NW end of Spring Lake, E of the intersection of Hwy. 167 & Hwy. 276A in the woods. It is easier to launch at Black Spring, take the E. run of Black Spring to the N. run and go into Spring Lake. Go to the NW corner of Spring Lake and look for the run. It is then 200 yards to the spring. The water is 50ft. deep, the bottom has large limestone blocks scattered around, and visibility is first rate. A dock was once perched right over the vent.
PUDDLE SPRING - (N30° 37.841¢ W84° 55.725¢ ) is W. of White Spring (#22) in a deep thicket. The first road springing E. of where Hwy. 286 crosses Creech Creek will eventually loop back around to high ground near the spring.
SINAI SPRING - (N30° 39.89¢ W84° 54.58¢ ) - is just N of the village of Sinai on Sinai Road.
SOUTH SPRING - (N30° 38.997¢ W84° 54.459¢) is just N. of July Lake off Springbranch Creek, S. of Sinai. Sinai road S. of Sinai crosses Springbranch Creek very near the spring. It is E. of the crossing.
SPRINGBRANCH SPRING -- (N30° 39.595¢ W84° 54.738¢) is just SW of the intersection of Sinai Road and an unnamed road at Sinai. The easiest way to reach the spring is by turning W. on the unnamed road and going to the E. branch of Springbranch Creek and wading down (S.) it to the spring run.
SPRING CREEK - (N30° 45.20¢ W85° 11.62¢) is an excellent site for finding mastodon & fossilized sharks teeth, 10,000 BC Clovis point spearheads, coins from swimmers, and gold chains from other divers. Fan down to bedrock and then check the cracks and crevices along the bottom. SAND BAG SPRING - (N30° 47.17¢ W85° 13.19¢) is about 1/2 mile NE. of the Marianna city limits on the Chipola River and had a house located on one corner and a water-slide on the other. The run is on the W. side of the river and will lead you to this 15 ft. deep spring. The water-slide location could well mean a golden opportunity for someone!
SPRINGBOARD SPRING - (N30° 42.44 W85° 11.23¢) the name says it all. The spring is at the N. end of Spring Lake in a heavily wooded hammock. Spring Lake/Spring Creek is at the head of Dry Creek, and the closest road that comes to it is Hwy. 73, S. of Marianna. Depths are to 40ft. at the vent, and the water is clear, with a sand bottom. It is virtually impossible to get to this lake or the many springs in it without local help, a US Geological Survey Map, a good backwoods atlas, or all three. Good luck finding it, it is worthwhile to do so!
TANNER SPRINGS - (N30° 49.60¢ W85° 19.30¢) is directly opposite a bend in Hwy. 73 at N30° 49.34¢, W85° 19.46¢, and is very near Webbville Spring. Look for the description of Webbville Spring to find Tanner.
TEN SPRING - (N30° 38.200¢ W84° 55.208¢ ) is just S. of Hwy. 10, W. of its crossing of the Apalachicola River.
US 10, HWY. 8 APALACHICOLA BRIDGE - this was the original site of the Spanish Trail crossing.
WADDELL'S MILL POND SPRING - (N30° 52.35¢ W85° 20.40¢) is at the head of a mile long mill pond that discharges E. to Waddell's Mill Creek, and thence to the Chipola River, 4 miles further. By land, the pond is near the intersection of Hwy. 231 & 73. The land itself is private, so access is only available through the creek system. This area is on the National Register of Historic places and was frequented by Chatot Indians.
WEBBVILLE SPRING - (N30° 50.279 W85° 19.948¢ ) can be reached by going N. of Marriana on Hwy. 73, and turning right at the first road S. of the intersection of 73 & 231 (N30° 50.208¢ W85° 20.462), then take the first road to the right (N30° 50.324¢ W85° 20.405¢ ) and look for the spring on the right. Tanner can be reached by going 1/2 again as far down the run and finding its large discharge run from the West. MIDWAY SPRINGS - (N30° 50.207¢ W85° 19.475¢ ) are two small springs midway between Tanner and Webbville Springs, and can be reached by wading down the Webbville Springs Run to their W. run entrance.
WEST SPRING - (N30° 39.505¢ W84° 59.694¢ ) is in the Western branch of Springbranch Creek, W. of Sinai.
WHITE SPRING - (N30° 37.810¢ W84° 55.303¢ ) is S. of Ten Spring in a deep thicket.
CALHOUN COUNTY SITES:
COX SPRING - (N30° 35.933¢ W85° 09.962¢) is just N. of the Hansford Branch that flows into the Chipola River. Cox spring is a small spring that may turn up worthwhile artifacts because most explorers bypass the small springs.
HORSESHOE BEND SPRING - (N30° 31.17¢ W85° 09.77¢ ) go E. from Chason on Hwy. 274 to the 2nd road immediately W. of the Chipola river crossing (N30° 32.077¢ W85° 10.155¢) and go S. to the first crossroads and go E. to the spring site at the Chipola River's Horseshoe Bend.
ALTHA -- many springs are around the small hamlet of Altha, at the intersection of SR 274 & SR 71.
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