Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Original Glass Bottom Boat from Silver Springs
One of Florida's oldest attractions is Silver Springs near Ocala. Of course I immediately thought of Jacob at Ocala Daily Photo when I saw this boat! Glass bottom boats were first used at Silver Springs during the 1870's. This boat is one of the earliest surviving examples of its type and is on display at the Museum of Florida History in the R.A. Gray Building in downtown Tallahassee. It was built in 1878 by Hullum Jones. As you can see, it is quite simple and looks nothing like the glass bottom boats used today. Notice the small window in the center for viewing the wonders under the clear waters of the springs. To find out more about Silver Springs and to see a picture of more modern glass bottom boats, go here.