Great Exhibit at Water/Ways High Springs Museum

Some of the Strange & Wonderful Creatures That Once Walked the Banks of the Santa Fe

Our community has a great opportunity to view, learn and teach about our water and how we relate to it.   If you have not seen the Museum on Main Street Smithsonian display in High Springs, you have missed a great exhibit.  Hours are 10 to 4 Tues. – Sat. and Sun. 1 to 4.

“River of Springs” Painting by local artist John Sterpe


The Smithsonian traveling portion presents many different facets of water and how we interact with it.  Many of these may never have occurred to us and  so are completely new concepts.  Many local groups and individuals also present some aspect of water-related topics,
from paintings, to river clean-ups to fossils.

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Leg of a Tiny Three-Toed Horse, Parahippus, about the size of a dog. It lived here about 19 million years ago.


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Mastodon Foot from the Santa Fe River


From the viewpoint of your writer, we would like to see more emphasis on water conservation and environmental regulation.  We commend Ichetucknee Alliance and also OSFR, who give the best disclosure on this problem.  Since our DEP puts out glowing reports on the wonderful job they are doing to protect our water resources, many people just assume they are telling the truth and have no inkling that our springs, rivers and the aquifer might be in trouble.  This mistaken concept is strengthened when bizarre events occur such as bestowing an award for environmental stewardship on Gov. Scott.

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Display by Current Problems, the group which organizes the river clean-ups. One of the best displays here which shows the aquifer. Note the round core drilling on the left, which is the limestone through which the water in our aquifer flows.


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Time Scale Indicating the Time Period From Which the Fossils in the Exhibit Originated. The Exhibit Contains at Least One Example from Each Epoch. Florida is Very Young Compared to Other Areas, and Has Spent Much More Time Underwater Than Above.


Tessa Skiles Explains the Mysteries of the Blind, Cave-Dwelling Crayfish to an Interested Audience.


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OSFR’s Merrillee and Terry Phelan Prepared These Informative Banners with John Moran Photos.


Ichetucknee Alliance has a wealth of information here that our intransigent politicians and leaders need to read AND heed.

Your writer admits to his bias toward the fossils.  Come to the New Century Woman’s Club in High Springs August 2 at 6 pm to learn more.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life:  once taken, it cannot be brought back-

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