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High Springs

Alachua County

Year Founded: 1892


A town was first founded at the city’s present site in 1884, when it was known as Sanaffee, a corruption of the name of the Santa Fe River near which it was located. In 1886, the name was changed to Orion, after the mythical hunter who was transformed into a constellation. Again in 1889, the name was changed to its present form because of a spring located atop a hill within the townsite. The spring has since disappeared.

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