Wade Spring 2017-05-21

The ghostly remains of the spring pool in what was once a famous resort. Aaron Sirmons says the owner told him when her father bought the place in the 1960s, the spring was already destroyed. The Brooks County Manager told me somebody tried to enlarge it and destroyed it. It looks like maybe they used dynamite.

Wade Spring with Aaron Sirmans as reference human

Wade Spring is actually easily visible from Blue Springs Road in Brooks County, Georgia, if you know just where to peer through the bushes. That’s at a culvert under the road, at about 30.789789, -83.455695, maybe a hundred feet before the fallen tree and the washout marks as far as you can drive. Yes, that’s on the way to Spook Bridge across the Withlacoochee River.

Spring visible from road

Maybe Brooks County could pick up some of the trash along the road right of way.

Trash east of spring

Many thanks to Aaron Sirmons for arranging this visit to the ghost of Wade Spring. Here are the pictures he sent previously. Please don’t go wandering around there without permission.

Here are a few videos:

Wade Spring was a famous resort; more than a century ago that a railroad was built just to go to it. It was one of three second magnitude springs on the Withlacoochee River between US 84 and the GA-FL line.

More pictures are below.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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Wall visible from road
Wall visible from road

Spring visible from road
Spring visible from road

Trash
Trash

Box culvert under road
Box culvert under road

Leads down northwards
Leads down northwards

To the spring
To the spring

Aaron Sirmans, who got permission to visit
Aaron Sirmans, who got permission to visit

Wall damage
Wall damage

Wall damage closeup
Wall damage closeup

Tire in spring
Tire in spring

Movie: Looking around from inside the spring pool wall (35M)
Movie: Looking around from inside the spring pool wall (35M)

Tire
Tire

Aaron Sirmans at Wade Spring
Aaron Sirmans at Wade Spring

Wade Spring; we could hear frogs and water in there
Wade Spring; we could hear frogs and water in there

That wall also looks damaged
That wall also looks damaged

Movie: Around from the spring (17M)
Movie: Around from the spring (17M)

Wade Spring with Aaron Sirmans as reference human
Wade Spring with Aaron Sirmans as reference human

Movie: Closeup on the spring (29M)
Movie: Closeup on the spring (29M)

Why you cant see any of this on google maps
Why you cant see any of this on google maps

Nice canopy
Nice canopy

Swing cable
Swing cable

More spring pool wall
More spring pool wall

Trash east of spring
Trash east of spring

Trash tire
Trash tire

Trash under palmetto
Trash under palmetto

Freezer in palmettos
Freezer in palmettos

Freezer
Freezer

Trash on road bank
Trash on road bank

Woodpecker holes and trash
Woodpecker holes and trash

Trash again
Trash again

Spring from east wall
Spring from east wall

Spring from east
Spring from east

Pump pipe?
Pump pipe?

Looking back towards road
Looking back towards road

1 thought on “Wade Spring 2017-05-21

  1. Janet Barrow

    That is awesome! I like your directions. I think I found it on Google Earth. Sadly, at the rate we are going in Florida, one hundred years from now, people might be looking at the ghost of Rainbow Springs, just like Wade Springs.

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