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tarpon springs

tarpon springs is a small town located on US 19ALT in north pinellas county florida. tarpon springs began as a settlement of winter visitors in 1876. tarpon springs is not a spring but it was named by early settlers who saw tarpon "springing" in the bayou. in the 1880's greek immigrants came to tarpon springs to harvest sea sponges. in 1905 john cocoris improved sponge diving technology and recruited greek divers from the dodecanese islands. until the 1947 algae bloom the sponge harvesting industry was tarpon springs largest employer. when the algae bloom decimated the off shore sponge fields the inhabitants of tarpon springs turned to fishing and shrimping. the sponges you find in tarpon springs gift shops are now mostly imported.

greek culture is very evident in tarpon springs. tarpon springs has the best collection of greek restaurants in the state of florida. on january 6 th of each year tarpon springs has an epiphany celebration were boys aged 16-18 dive for a wooden cross in spring bayou. it is belived that the boy that recovers the cross is blessed for a year. on january 6 th 2006 bartholomew I, the patriarich of constantinople presided over this celebration. because of tarpon spring's greek culture it is an interesting town to visit when in west central florida.

  • Last visit to Tarpon Springs: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated Jan 17, 2012
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