|You can still picture men and woman in 20's dress enjoying the grounds|
|All that remains from the spring today, you can still smell the Sulphur|
By 1933 Richardson had gone bust, it was in the middle of the Great Depression and when the local dam on the nearby Hillsborough River burst, flooding most of Sulphur Springs, including the arcade. Richardson lost everything. The local neighborhood continued to thrive through the 1960's. However by the 1970's the area became crime ridden. The springs have been closed to swimmers since 1986 due to fecal coliform bacteria. Although the city has been slowly been investing in bringing the community back starting in 2000. The city has established a local park around the gazebo and a 214 foot water tower that Richardson also built. You can't help but notice the white concrete tower driving south towards Tampa.
Local legend also tells of the time when pirate ships would use the springs to replenish their water supplies. There are supposedly still trees in the area marked by these sailors. Sadly however my brief research could turn up nothing substantial to back up that claim. Still however, it's a neat story. That's the wonderful thing about history...we just have to open our eyes to it.
|View from the park|
|Just another look at the Gazebo|
Here's a modern house done in the style of the time. I don't know about you but I can picture Jay Gatsby and Daisy living in such a house.