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Green Cove Springs

Clay County

Year Founded: 1874

History

Green Cove Springs was formed in 1854 from holdings included in a portion of a Spanish Land Grant. The owners David Palmer and Sarah Ferris originally called it “White Sulphur Springs.” The name was changed to Green Cove Springs in 1866 when the post office was moved from Magnolia to the town. The city derived its name from the mineral springs, which it was claimed had healing powers. During the period of 1880 to 1901, a great tourist influx occurred as visitors were drawn to the waters of the great sulfur springs. The city was the site of a Naval sea and air station during World War II and that area now has become a very desirable industrial park. Green Cove Springs is the county seat.

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