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zolfo springs

in the early 1800's a crew of italian and spanish workmen came down the peace river dredging for phosphate. when they arrived at the spring they smelled a stong odor of sulphur. the italians named the spring "zolfo". in 1886 the florida southern railroad built a depot in zolfo. the first settler in the zolfo area was david d. mahan in 1878. the town of zolfo was incorporated in 1904. in 1909 the town's name was changed to zolfo springs. for decades zolfo spring was channeled into a concrete public swimming pool. the spring was capped in the 1970's. of interest to the tourist in zolfo springs' pioneer park and the cracker trail museum. running through the town is the wild and scenic peace river. this "off the beaten path" town is worth a look when traveling on US 17 in south central florida.

the main attraction of zolfo springs is pioneer park and the cracker trail museum. zolfo springs is also a stop on the florida cracker trail. a florida cracker refers to original colonial era english and american pioneer settlers who moved to florida after 1763 when spain ceded florida to great britain. cracker cowboys of the 19 th and early 20 th centuries herded cattle using bullwhips and dogs. in modern times the term cracker is applied to decendants of early florida pioneer families and is considered a source of pride.

  • Last visit to Zolfo Springs: Oct 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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