Troy Springs State Park

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Troy Springs State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Location Lafayette and Suwannee counties, Florida, United States
Nearest city Branford, Florida
Coordinates 30°0′21″N82°59′49″W / 30.00583°N 82.99694°W / 30.00583; -82.99694 Coordinates: 30°0′21″N82°59′49″W / 30.00583°N 82.99694°W / 30.00583; -82.99694
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Troy Springs State Park is a Florida State Park, located approximately six miles north of Branford, off US 27. It contains one of the state's 33 first magnitude springs.

The Florida State Parks encompass the majority of the lands that fall under the authority of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. There are 175 such locations, including nature reserves, recreation areas, and historic sites. New park lands are added as landowners make gifts of property to the state or localities choose to turn over control of their historic sites to the state. The state park system is divided into five administrative districts.

Branford, Florida Town in Florida, United States

Branford is a town in Suwannee County, Florida, United States. The population was 712 at the 2010 census.

U.S. Route 27 (US 27) in Florida is a north–south United States Highway. It runs 481 miles (774 km) from the South Florida Metropolitan Area northwest to the Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area. Throughout the state, US 27 has been designated the Claude Pepper Memorial Highway by the Florida Legislature. It was named after long-time Florida statesman Claude Pepper, who served in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. For most of its length in the state, US 27 is a divided highway.


At the bottom of the Troy Spring is the sunken Confederate sidewheel paddle steamer Madison, which had been owned and captained by James Felix Tucker. Tucker scuttled Madison in September 1863 to prevent her from falling into Union hands during the American Civil War. [1] [2] [3]

Confederate States of America (de facto) federal republic in North America from 1861 to 1865

The Confederate States of America, commonly referred to as the Confederacy and the South, was an unrecognized country in North America that existed from 1861 to 1865. The Confederacy was originally formed by seven secessionist slave-holding states—South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas—in the Lower South region of the United States, whose economy was heavily dependent upon agriculture, particularly cotton, and a plantation system that relied upon the labor of African-American slaves.

Paddle steamer steamship or riverboat powered by a steam engine that drives paddle wheels

A paddle steamer is a steamship or riverboat powered by a steam engine that drives paddle wheels to propel the craft through the water. In antiquity, paddle wheelers followed the development of poles, oars and sails, where the first uses were wheelers driven by animals or humans.

Scuttling act of deliberately sinking a ship by allowing water to flow into the hull

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