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Tarpon Springs

Pinellas County

Year Founded: 1887


A.P.K. Safford, a former governor of Arizona, established this city around 1880. The name is said to have originated with a remark of Mrs. Ormand Boyer, who had come here with her father from South Carolina and who, while standing on the shores of the bayou and seeing many fish leaping into the water exclaimed, “See the tarpon spring!” However, for the most part, the fish seen splashing in the water here are mullet, not tarpon.

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