Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ponce de Leon Park


Ponce de Leon Park was named for Juan Ponce de Leon, the Spanish conquistador who made the first known voyage to Florida. He was supposedly searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth. When he landed on what he thought was another island in 1513, he named it La Florida. Juan Ponce de Leon was also the first governor of Puerto Rico. Tallahassee is located in Leon county which was also named for Juan Ponce de Leon. This park is one of the chain of parks that run through downtown along Park Avenue. It is directly across the street from the U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse I showed you yesterday.

8 comments:

Pam said...

Nice photo, Lois. I enjoy the history and Hooray! for Ponce de Leon and discovering my little peice of heaven;)

Pam said...

peice what is that? (giggle, giggle) make that a piece of heaven;)

Nancy said...

Did he every find the Fountain of Youth? Pray tell!!

Lois said...

I wish!

Tanya said...

There's a Ponce De Leon in Atlanta too! (you probably already know that though!)
We went to St. Augustine last year or the year before and drank from the Fountain of Youth! Perhaps next week will be St. Augustine week,lol.

Lois said...

I grew up in Jacksonville Beach and every single year in school we took a field trip to St. Augustine and the fort! Sometimes we got to go to the Fountain of Youth and if we were really lucky--the wax museum or Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Rambling Round said...

All those parks must make a beautiful addition to your city.

magiceye said...

interesting