Weeki Wachee Spring on Florida's Gulf Coast Postcard

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Title

Weeki Wachee Spring on Florida's Gulf Coast Postcard

Alternative Title

Weeki Wachee Postcard

Subject

Weeki Wachee (Fla.)
Spring Hill (Fla.)
Springs--Florida
Parks--Florida

Description

A postcard featuring an underwater mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in 1949. Weeki Wachee, located at 6131 Commercial Way in Spring Hill, Florida, is best known for its famous tourist attraction, Weeki Wachee Springs. The attraction features performances by underwater mermaids, a glass-bottom boat ride, and other natural attractions. The springs are named after the Seminole words for "little spring" or "winding river." In 1946, former U.S. Navy member Newt Perry (1908-1987) began to develop a tourist attraction at Weeki Wachee. By the 1950s, Weeki Wachee was one of the top tourist stops in the United States. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) purchased the site in 1959 and continued to expand. In 2008, Weeki Wachee was taken over by the state of Florida as a state park.

Abstract

The Weeki Wachee Springs attraction was created in 1947 by an ex-Navy frogman named Newton Perry. Weeki Wachee Springs later became a state park on November 8, 2008. Note at the bottom right: 110 - Weekiwachee Spring on Florida's Gulf Coast Scenic Highway (U. S. #19).

Source

Original 9 x 14 centimeter color postcard: "Mermaid Performing at the Weeki Wachee Springs Waterpark." 1949: Image number PC12593, Postcard Collection, Florida State Archives, Division of Library and Information Services, Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida.

Publisher

Modern Photographers

Date Created

1949

Date Copyrighted

1949

Has Format

Digital reproduction of original 9 x 14 centimeter color postcard: "Mermaid Performing at the Weeki Wachee Springs Waterpark." 1949: Image number PC12593. Florida Memory.

Is Format Of

Original 9 x 14 centimeter color postcard: "Mermaid Performing at the Weeki Wachee Springs Waterpark." 1949.

Is Part Of

Postcard Collection, Florida State Archives, Division of Library and Information Services, Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

147 KB

Medium

9 x 14 centimeter color postcard

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Weeki Wachee State Park, Spring Hill, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Florida State Archives and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"History of Weeki Wachee Springs." Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. http://weekiwachee.com/about-us/history-of-weeki-wachee-springs.html.
Pelland, Maryan, and Dan Pelland. Weeki Wachee Springs. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005.
Vickers, Lu, and Bonnie Georgiadis. Weeki Wachee Mermaids: Thirty Years of Underwater Photography. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012.

Transcript

PHOTO BY MODERN PHOTOGRAPHERS

110—Weekiachee Spring on Florida's Gulf Coast Scenic Highway (U. S. #19)

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

1 color postcard

Physical Dimensions

9 x 14 centimeters

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